Today’s post is written by guest writer, Susannah Bianchi. Check out her slightly-on-slant essays and novels at athingirl.com.
The Right To Write
The Right to Write is my favorite go-to writing book by esteemed author, Julia Cameron. Though I have others…Bird By Bird, by Anne Lamott, Stephen King’s On Writing, hers is the one I keep on my bedside table.
I find opening to a random page before shutting my eyes helpful, as quite often we write in our dreams awaking with fresh thoughts and insights.
For a long time I kept my prose secret, thinking I had no right to call myself a writer since, I was an amateur after all.
Come to find out, it’s sired from the Latin word, amare meaning to love, which really set me straight. What’s better than having something you love to do, doing it simply for that reason?
That note changed my prospective, allowing me to see how privileged it is to be a fan of the written word.
We are all writers deep down, since we do have something to say. That’s why journaling is a great place to begin since, it’s just you and the page, no intruders allowed. It’s also where seeds are planted that could turn into a novel or short story, poem or essay. A phrase will jump off the page circling your mind tapping into your thoughts like a friendly house guest you didn’t expect.
And I can say from experience, while writing and creating we are the happiest. That’s the thing about art. It’s personal. It’s ours and no one else’s. It meets us where we are transporting our imaginations to unknown places.
Another important discovery is reading, writing’s closest friend enhancing our creative juices without us even knowing it.
Suddenly your vocabulary increases, your love of words now realized.
I will leave you with a story a high school teacher had shared with me about Stephen King.
He was invited to speak to the students, an invitation he readily embraced. When he took the stage in worn jeans, a button-down and navy blazer, sneaks on his feet, the first thing he did was take a dogeared paperback from his back pocket.
He held it up, waved it like a flag and said…
You want to write, you have to read!
Hear Hear! Best advice ever.
Happy Writing, and let us all meet on the page. 🙂
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I am very humbled you allowed me to contribute to your esteemed site, Thank you David.
The graphic you chose is wonderful. It’s all we need. 🙂
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What a nice post. I never knew about The Right To Write, even though I’m aware of The Artist’s Way and practise morning pages. Will be sure to check this book out! Another favourite book on the craft of mine is Ann Patchett’s The Getaway Car, though it may be hard to find these days. Anyway, thanks for this post!
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What I like about The Right To Write is that it’s written for everyone, the academic, like David who could easily pen his one version, to someone like me who defines herself as more of an urban writer having no formal education. Julia Cameron’s passion for writing is infectious.
Maybe you can pen an essay for the Treehouse sighting Ann Patchett’s book. I’d like to read that. Susannah