I write to keep me sane. I write so that my words may outlive my life. I write to find redemption

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Lend Your Words

There is power in the written word. There have been a few projects in the blogging world that have aimed at harnessing that power for a good cause:

Operation Poem
A Poet's Rag

Now a talented writer and fellow blogger has come up with a new idea that gives all of us the chance to put our words to good use.

If you are a short story writer I ask you to consider lending your talents to
A Child Without A Voice Anthology

Wandering Author has concieved this remarkable idea as a way to raise funds for a child in need. If there is any way you can help, I urge you to jump in and take part.

Lets ban together and make a difference!

Friday, March 16, 2007

What I needed to hear once

I wrote an article for my writing group blog. It is meant for people who aren't actively working toward writing a novel, but who dream of doing that one day. It's the words I needed to hear two years ago.

Check it out at
I was going to write a book, but Oprah was on.

Thursday, March 08, 2007

An Economy of Words

Could you write a story using only six sentences?

I tried to write one using six words and it was a killer assignment. It made me think though and stretch my writing muscles.

I may try to craft a six sentence one and send it into this blog. Let me know if you decide to play along.


Six Sentences Blog

Also, here is another question for you all. Are all writer's crazy? Let Saoirse know what you think at the link below.

"Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia." E. L. Doctrow

Saturday, March 03, 2007

Writing Blues

Recently I read the advice column of Cary Tennis at

The Feb. 26th entry was titled

I don't feel like writing. Does that mean I am not a writer?

In it a 31 year old writer describes his frustations over not being able to complete his second novel. He goes as far as wondering if he should give up on writing. The part that really made me laugh, though I sympathisize with this writer's struggle, is that he said he could be happy not writing.

To that I say:
Give it a try then. I see only misery in your future. Because if writing makes you feel like hell, not writing will be like sharing a bunk bed with the Devil.

Over twenty blog writers,so far, have referenced his story and written their own thoughts on it. After reading it I was left thinking that this man could walk away from his craft but if he does he should immediately book an appointment at a therapist's office. Not because it is crazy to stop writing but because if writing is in your blood than not writing will drive you to insanity, I truly believe.

What do you think? Could you turn your back on writing and still die with a smile on your face? Or would you always miss your love and lose yourself because you were separated from it?