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Monday, April 23, 2012

WHEN AND WHY SHOULD WE WRITE?

WHY we should write is because we have to, we've always written stories and poems and articles, and when we couldn't - well, we'd tell them out loud. The art of telling stories goes back to the earliest history of humanity. Certainly goes back to our childhoods, as all writers know. When I was five I rhymed "stars" with "Mars" and beguiled my older cousins with my little  intergalactic poem. I told my sister fairytales every night after lights out (we shared a room). I drove the horse to school and entertained my brothers behind me with brave stories of knights and swordsmanship.

Always, always wanted to be a writer. I called it "journalist" in those days, didn't know better, I wanted to write, and I did. I was never a journalist. In February 2010 I published my first article, unpaid, but Rick Lauber at Alberta Caregiver gave me a start and I'm grateful.

WHEN should we write?


  • WHEN THE MOON IS SILVER AND GOLD OVER THE YARDARM
  • WHEN THE MOON IS BLUE AND COLD AND WE'RE LOST IN STARDUST
  • WHEN WE CAN'T AFFORD COFFEE
  • WHEN THE CAT JUST THREW UP ON OUR FOOT
  • WHEN OUR SPOUSE BUYS A TRUCK AND IS GONE FOR TWO MONTHS
  • WHEN HE'S WORKING ON THE ROAD
  • WHEN HE'S HOME AND FEELS ROMANTIC WE CAN SAY
  • NOT NOW, HONEY, I'M WRITING.
  • IF NOT NOW, WHEN?
  • IF NOT HERE, WHERE?
  • WHEN OUR PEN RUNS OUT OF INK AND WE HAVE TO USE A LIPSTICK ON THE BATHROOM MIRROR
  • WHEN OUR COMPUTER CRASHES LIKE A NORTH KOREAN MISSILE
  • WHEN THE STARS RUN OUT OF FIRE AND THE EARTH BOILS
  • WHEN LOUISE BLOUIN MACBAIN PAINTS SAM MCGEE IN THE FURNACE AND SELLS IT TO YELLOWKNIFE TOWN HALL
  • WHEN READERS DON'T LIKE IT
  • WHEN PUBLISHERS DON'T ASK FOR IT
  • WHEN OUR CHILDREN TELL THEIR FRIENDS WE'RE LAWYERS WHO WORK AT HOME
  • WHEN OUR LOVED ONE IS A STRANGER
  • WHEN OUR PROFESSORS ARE FRIENDS
  • WHEN OUR TEACHERS WANT US TO BE...
  • WHO AND WHAT WE REALLY ARE...
  • THAT'S THE MOST FUN IN THE WORLD
  • I WISH IT FOR YOU, MY FELLOW WRITERS
  • MY CRITICS AND MY READERS
  • MY REVIEWERS
  • THERE IS NO JOY GREATER THAN CREATING A WORK OF ART FROM ONE'S OWN HEAD
  • RIGHT NOW.
  • BEFORE LUNCH
  • AFTER LUNCH
  • WITH AN AVOCADO SANDWICH ON THE PAGE AND A CUP OF TEA ON THE KEYBOARD
  • WITH A CAT DRAPED OVER THE SIDE OF OUR DESK
  • WHEN THE SUN COMES UP
  • IN THE AFTERNOON
  • WHEN IT'S NINE IN THE MORNING IN ENGLAND
  • AND WE LIVE IN ALBERTA OR WASHINGTON, DC
  • IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT
  • DISCIPLINED OR LAISSEZ FAIRE LIKE ME
  • BEFORE LAST CALL OR WHEN YOU'RE DRUNK
  • WHEN YOU HAVEN'T HAD A DRINK FOR NINETEEN YEARS
  • JUST WRITE.


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