Mostly my writing doesn’t get read by anyone. Writing so publicly in The Daily Communiqué is challenging on more levels than just publishing something, anything, on a daily basis.
There will be a discernible variance in quality as I find my public voice. Critical reviews are one thing, I can hide behind the intellectual and LitCrit when writing those.
Getting more personal, staying away from the diary like posts requires a willingness to be vulnerable to a buncha “I don’t know who might be reading this types.” To be clear, I chose this and I welcome the challenge it brings. I want it to elevate my writing.
Reading M. Todd Gallowglas’ Stopwatch Chronicles recently shook something loose. I’m not sure what yet, but it definitely changed my visceral thoughts about my writing. Some of my daily communiqués will be working through these new ideas.
And since writing this in November, I’ve been thinking about memoir. River Queens is a great example. This needs more research, and careful study, but I think there’s some things I could write that wouldn’t be too cringe inducing right now.
Aside from the work with my mentor on metamodernism (yes, it’s a thing and yes, I dig nerding out about it), I have no other “assignments.” What we’re reading is challenging, and will take some time to get through them thoughtfully.
There are memoir-ish ideas for very short pieces floating around. I want to weigh where the boundaries are for what I want to say. Stopwatch Chronicles will have a fundamental impact on how I approach these pieces.
How I’ve evolved as a writer since October leaves me a little befuddled some times. More than ever I claim “writer” as a part of my self and I’m becoming even more dedicated to pursing the craft. Bette Davis said it best, “Fasten your seatbelts, it’s going to be a bumpy [ride].”
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