“Power consists to a large extent in deciding what stories will be told.” ~ Carolyn G. Heilbrun
Although some may find this philosophy repugnant, it seems some things do happen for a reason. I had long been thinking about a new website and blog. That said, it’s a steep learning curve, especially in the midst of finishing my novel, A Woman Alone. Whoever said that writing was just about writing? As authors know, we find ourselves with the somewhat unenviable task of mastering social media and everything that entails.
So bear with me as we begin this journey, me experimenting with design, blocks, templates, fonts and more, while, hopefully, providing interesting and timely blog posts on subjects from the craft of writing to women’s lives and finding within an ordinary day the extraordinary.
So what makes Along the Writer’s Way different from Women’s Writing Circle? Our Circle no longer formally meets so I won’t be writing about critique and read around. In 2020 I had decided to take a year off from facilitating our group, something I had done for ten years with love. International travel beckoned, but that was in the Before Times. So, now a new journey begins, albeit still grounded in writing about women’s lives and stories.
As May Sarton writes in Journal of Solitude: “I have only to imagine what it would be like were there very quiet days, under no immediate pressure, taken from me to realize how precious they are.” And, so, as the light from my window casts its morning glow across the books and manuscripts on my desk, I came to appreciate a new rhythm to my days. The walks with a neighbor, the unexpected visits from my adult children and the conversations we shared, the phone calls and, yes, even the ubiquitous Zoom meeting. As life changes, one thing remains constant—the joy of self-discovery and creative expression “along the writer’s way.”