Everything is Writable

Dismal Falls, Giles/Bland Counties, Virginia

“And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.”

– Sylvia Plath

Periodically I will remind myself that I should be writing.

I mean, not the daily rambling that I do here, or the daily therapy of my thousand words a day goal (now approaching its sixth year).

I mean the real stuff.

Stuff that I would like to publish.

But, like I said yesterday, I can’t always stress over self-imposed deadlines.

Still, I have some works in progress.

Like my current novel. I started it as a Nanowrimo project several years ago. It’s mostly done except for a few mid-chapters that involve a courtroom trial, a stage production, and the death of a beloved pet.

I know. Cheery stuff.

I might have been a little further along with this work. But a few years back I heeded the advice to “write what you know.”

When I started the work as a Nanowrimo piece, I set it in Beaufort, South Carolina.

Funny thing is, even though it’s been almost forty years since I fell in love with the place while watching The Big Chill, I’ve still never been there.

I’ve been meaning to.

I just don’t get out much.

As no one was offering me a writing fellowship to go live in Beaufort for a year whilst I finished, I moved the

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setting to Southwest Virginia where I grew up.

It’s almost done. Almost.

My other almost completed novel is based on people I knew, and a good bit of drama they caused, when I worked in Washington, DC.

I’ve joked that I needed to wait until the principals were dead before I could publish it. I can do that now. I just need to edit out the fluff.

This morning I’m thinking that Plath was right. You can write about anything.

I need to remember that when I’m struggling to find topics, particularly for this blog.

In reality the only real writer’s block is that block of time required to sit your fanny down at the keyboard.

I feel seen.

I’ve got stories. I need to get busy telling them.

In full confession, I don’t know that I’ve ever read anything by Sylvia Plath.

But that’s another story.

Maybe one that I could write about.







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the Lord make his face shine on you
and be gracious to you;
the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.

Numbers 6:24-26

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