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I have always loved reading and writing–poetry especially, and as a girl and a young woman, I wrote a great deal. Then life intervened with its busy-ness, and I stopped writing. And deep down, I was discouraged, thinking I wasn’t very good, that I didn’t really have anything to write about—nothing very interesting, anyway. So what did I think I was doing?
The writing bug was still in me, however, and after being away from Nebraska for a long time, I moved back and picked up some books of poetry by Bill Kloefkorn and Ted Kooser. Immediately, I was drawn back into the magic of writing. And I was absolutely blown away by the poems.
“Baby or book. Children or writing. Motherhood or career.” – Sue Monk Kidd, author of The Secret Life of Bees and Traveling with Pomegranates
Sometimes, we let our particular circumstances dominate our lives as writers and our creative selves are put on a corner shelf. Our roles as men and women – while different – take precedence and we do our best to live out society’s traditional and cultural expectations as: hard-working employees – “Some days, my job? Where’s the love in that?”; parents trying to do the right things –“How do I draw the line?’; grown children in our families of origin – “Help, I feel boxed in!”; and being there for family and friends –“I don’t have enough time to do everything!” The tug of overwhelming expectations pulls in so many directions that we may forget what stirs us, what brings authenticity and new energy to our lives. How can we awaken our creativity, falling in love again with that part of ourselves that gives us meaning and joy?
Whether you are a beginning writer or one with many publications to your credit, this blog is your invitation to join the writing community.
Our wish is that it will serve as a source of inspiration and encouragement, and that it will help you reach deep within and write to your fullest potential. Welcome!Learn More About Becky & Lucy»