Today is the National Day on Writing–an initiative supported by NCTE and the National Writing Project. Because writing is such a powerful experience, I thought I’d share some of its side effects.
The Side Effects of Writing
Less Knitting: I don’t get as much knitting done but my lap is open for my kitten.
Stashing Mechanical Pencils: I’ve become picky about writing implements – soft lead mechanical pencils with big erasers are my favorite. I tend to buy them whenever I see them.
Recycle bin Next to Chair: Along this vein is my preference for 6″x8″ spiral notebooks. I like lines and being able to tear out all the drafts I don’t want to look at any more.
Well Fed Birds and Fat Squirrels: When I’m in the mood to write, I keep the bird feeders well stocked because they are in my line of sight and I like to watch these creatures while I’m thinking.
Possible Over Exposure: Sharing my writing is a commitment to being vulnerable. I have to be willing to accept the consequences of feeling like I’m walking around in my underwear. Other art forms like painting, music, and dance seem to allow for ambiguous interpretation. But words can go straight to the heart of an experience and bare one’s soul.
Questions from Family: Sometimes family members read my writing and wonder about the thoughts going on in my head.
A Wider World View: The consequences of writing – especially on a blog – are amazing; people appreciate voice given to human experience and they reach out to me.
These are just a few of the side effects. If you are a writer, I’m sure you have plenty to add to this list!