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We have a special guest poster this week. She lifts her struggles to write and read for all to see. We have all been where she is at, and we all struggle with finding time to read and write and making them priority in life. Have you been where she is at? Read to learn more and then share your experiences in the comment area.
Lisa A. Listwa
Lisa is a wife, mother, and self-employed recovering high school English teacher. She works as a freelance writer, editor, and tutor and lives with her husband, her daughter, and three Rotten Cats. She spends her time stacking the pile of books to read ever higher, wondering if she should have been a chef, and trying to figure out where she last left her cell phone. Lisa writes about life and all its fascinations and banalities at her blog, the The Meaning of Me. You can also find her on Facebook and Twitter.
Finding Time for Words
Lately, I find that words fail me.
The desire to write exists, but when I sit down and attempt to get to it…nothing happens. Blog posts, my personal works-in-progress, letters, e-mails, even something as simple as the weekly to-do list or an errand reminder – all seem too hard.
And it’s so easy to blame outside forces, isn’t it? There’s too much to do. There’s not enough time to write. There’s nothing to write about. But those statements could – and perhaps should – be turned very personal. I’m busy. I’m too tired. I’m not inspired by anything right now. Eventually, in the moments when I’m honest with myself, I realize that the inability to write comes only from me.
I have always believed that if you want to be a writer, you have to be a reader, and that is so very true. In grading student essays and homework, those who struggle to write often struggle to read. I don’t necessarily mean that they can’t read (although it’s always true that many do), but rather that they don’t or won’t read, for whatever reason. If we don’t read, we don’t get to experience how other writers use words and language. We don’t get to learn what conventions work – or don’t. We don’t see writing in action and so cannot put it into action our selves, at least not very well. Think about it: if a child never hears people speak, how will she learn to speak herself? We need examples and models to teach us what we need to know.
And there’s where it hit me. ….
If you want to read more of her post, head on over to her blog. Be sure to leave a comment. 😉
What Lisa writes is so true. Reading and learning yields such great dividends. I love reading books, blog posts, magazine articles. I also love sharing my writing through my blog. One day, I hope to share in book form. What are your goals with your personal writing and reading? Share in the comments form below.
Now on to our weekly linkup. 😉
Last Week’s Top Clicked Post!
Do you know who won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Literature this year? You need to read Kate’s post if you don’t. She has some other interesting titles on her list that I am going to check out too. What is on your Fall reading list. We would love to read your posts about your current reads too.
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