“In a time of universal deceit—telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” ~ George Orwell
What did I learn from reading the first week’s entries of Amy Peters’ “The Writer’s Devotional”? The Monday entry declares that “there are many reasons to write”. I agree–I write for many reasons, not just one. Journalistically, I report the news or write magazine articles on topics that in some way hopefully enlighten; creatively, I write to express myself and in the process I try to make people laugh or stop and think for a moment. Writing is a way to get your voice heard, and I guess we have to decide what we want that voice to convey.
On Tuesday, I was encouraged to come up with an “end goal” to decide what I want to achieve as a writer. Wednesday or writing class day provided a little blurb on using illumination (or concrete examples) to write a biography about your best friend.
Thursday provided a great gem of knowledge—“good writers are not always good editors” and vice versa. Friday, or writer biography day, gave me new insight into the author who wrote Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty-Four. George Orwell’s real name was Eric Arthur Blair and he was born in India. Who knew? Not I.
Saturday is book day, and the first book, author of The Writer’s Devotional, Amy suggested is one written in 1962 called “Silent Spring”- a book she declared is a “wonderful example how clear and forceful writing can effect change.”
Sunday, or prompt day—shows that writers apparently do not need a day of rest. The first prompt in the book wants us to “write about a place where you’ve always fantasized living” a la Peter Mayle, who gave us Provence–a place he lived a ‘fantasy’ life.
These are just some little snippets from the book—she elaborates on each of the subjects I just touched on—but she has me thinking –where would I like to live if I could live anywhere? This book provides some great food for thought, to use a much clichéd but apt phrase.