Guest Post by Karen B. Lopez
I really do long for better writing skills. I describe this skill as one with ideas flowing so fast I could hardly write them down before the next one popped in my head. I just hate the vacant feeling I get when I sit down to write and nothing comes to mind. This usually occurs when I have a deadline to meet. This feeling is so depressing. It even has a smell. How does it smell? Like dry odorless powder that only clogs your nasal passages and makes it hard to breathe. It even tastes bland, like nothingness mush. It also feels so slow. Slow. Not like molasses in January, that is too flavorful a word. More like boring, emptiness. Not even stark, that is too good a word to describe how this feels. Words can be so powerful.
I want to write like Shelia in my Story circle group. She writes in such a way that she creates a story so alive that you feel you are right there in the room. I remember her writing about hearing feet shuffling in church. If that is not a word picture, I do not know what is.
I want to write with clarity like Jan, our co-leader. She writes about a woman she knew well long ago in such a way that I really feel like I knew her too. Jan also has a great gift for gently getting telling you what you need to hear. For example, I remember one time she told me only a lawyer would write that a person “stated” something. So true.
I want to write about nostalgic times like Priscilla. Remember the pan with the knife going right through it? I do. If you haven’t read that one, I can get it for you.
I want to write with imagination like Susan. Hey, wasn’t Prudence was left raising those kids in Susan’s self published novel (Desert Fireflies by Susan Powell Miller).
Tell us more! If only I could use humor like Dianne. I can still see her two-year old brother being brought into her mother’s card game wrapped in burial sheath. So funny. There is a story there for sure.
Yes, all my Story Circle friends are great teachers. I know I am a better person and hopefully am becoming a better writer for going there and listening to their stories!
Karen’s blog: http://firstname.lastname@example.org
Karen, a nurse, lawyer, college professor and a runner, has been a member of the Safety Harbor Story Circle Writer’s Group for about 2 years. She joined to learn skills to write more creatively and to write a memoir for her family.