In foraging through all the stuff I have collected over the years about writing, I came upon "Tips for becoming a great writer." One in particular stood out: "Live the life you've been given at a deeply personal level."
It struck me that writing has always been my touchstone, going back to high school when I tapped away on a Smith Corona in the loft of my parents' home. Boy, was that hard work compared to the wonders of a laptop!
In my memoir, I write how the very act of writing saw me through some of the loneliest and darkest days of my life. That is why I feel committed to this new journey, the Women's Writing Circle. I am meeting others who are longing to live their lives at the most deeply personal level that they can and sharing that in a spirit of like-mindedness.
At this month's read-around I wrote about deferring to my sons and putting my desires on hold. As women, we are especially prone to nurture and caretake. Then one day we ask, "But when is it my time?" Another tip on that sheet: "Keep writing even when you can’t write." There is no better time than now.