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Open Features: I Write

...I found the writing gave me peace and the intellectual activity of trying to refine my work kept me wanting to do more....

Anne Steward's words will encourage others to write.

Reading is as necessary as eating, almost.

I wrote poems when I was in College. I have told stories of my own invention all my life. I have written reports and schemes of work and tried to make methods of teaching science as accessible as I could, as the music specialist tried to do for me.

I did so much writing as part of my job, I could never take time to write for myself.
Ten years after my husband died I managed to write about how I felt. I rewrote and revised and improved the piece.

I found the writing gave me peace and the intellectual activity of trying to refine my work kept me wanting to do more.

Just as a good jazz session can inspire me to sketch the musicians, poetry seems to be my response to a situation that I feel strongly about. Poetry seems to demand that the fewest words possible are used to engage the reader in the moment. So I have to search for just the right words and then arrange them so that the reading has rhythm that enhances the telling.

A short story, for me is a tale to be told in one sitting. Best read out loud.

A novel is a huge commitment. I have an idea I want to share that involves scene setting and character development in an unfolding story. Research is absorbing. I have learnt so much to try to give my book veracity. As I am an information junkie, that is no imposition.

My problem is not a minor one. I have spent so much of my life encouraging and fostering others that I have difficulty allowing myself to allot my own time for my own projects.

That is why I need the writers’ group. To make me feel that my endeavours have value and are worth pursuing.

That I might really be a writer, if I try.

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