It is necessary to write, if the days are not to slip emptily by. How else, indeed, to clap the net over the butterfly of the moment? For the moment passes, it is forgotten; the mood is gone; life itself is gone. That is where the writer scores over his fellows: he catches the changes of his mind on the hop. ~Vita Sackville-West (I know I’ve shared this quote before, but it is my favorite writing quote because it explains why I’m so glad I can call myself writer, a title which took way too many years of writing before I gave myself permission to use it.)
Doing It With Sisters
I’m just hours away from spending four days surrounded by my writing sisters, where we gathered in Austin this past weekend for the Stories from the Heart Contest. It was a fantastic experience, and for way many more reasons than – can I hear a drum roll – that I won the flash fiction prize for my story “The Heart of a Dog.”*
The reason I’m sharing this with you is because one of the presenters, awesome Debra Winegarten, encouraged us to put ourselves out there to the world without apology, and that was just one of the many pieces of wisdom I came away with.
Now laugh if you will, but the biggest note of things to do that I wrote to myself was to put a note pad by the toilet. Doing just that I realized would better help me to clasp that net over the butterfly of words.
Bean Pat: Live to Write – Write to Live http://tinyurl.com/gpkwxyv This is one of my favorite writing blogs, and today its author, Lisa Jackson, encourages writers to enter contests.
*If you, men included, want to read my 600-word story, “The Heart of a Dog,” send me your email (mine is email@example.com) and I will send you a copy.