So many times I have heard women say, "I have nothing to say. My story is not that important. It's not that interesting."
In the words of the great Maya Angelou: “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”
When you can't express yourself, when you live behind self-imposed walls, it's depressing. Hopelessness, depression, discouragement ... these are the maladies of our time. Saying our story isn't interesting or important is the inner censor hobbling our muse. In our read arounds, we banish the censor. In community, we are restored.
As I look back on the past decade, all our read arounds have been special and heartfelt, all unique. From a small independent bookstore, to the lovely Hilton properties here in Chester County, Pennsylvania, to my own living room, and to the living room of members who supported us with homemade luncheons, we have gathered in community.
So, to every wonderful woman who has attended the Women's Writing Circle these past ten years, let me say that you have added immeasurably to my life. Together, we have traveled the writer's journey with our words, our women's voices and our wisdom.
Women in our group are planning read arounds in their homes in 2020, which is going to continue the community of our sacred container. I also want to let you know that although I am taking the year off to finish my memoir and travel, if you have an idea for a manuscript, whether memoir or fiction, I am available to offer consultation and editing services. I am including here links to my "So You Want to Write a Memoir" one-on-one consultation and my editing services. Please feel free to contact me if you have questions.
The writer knows her writing is a process, not a product. It is a process invested with meaning and the worthiness of her own conclusions. This validity allows her to grow and flourish. This is the gift of believing in herself, facilitated by writing.
Have a very Happy Holiday filled with the light of gratitude! Keep writing, keep writing, keep writing.