from the Inside
an e-zine for writers with heart
that means YOU!
are all writers, we all have heart and there are many forms to practice
writing, journal writing, story writing, your own "story tale"
and much, much more.
intention of this e-zine is to provide inspiration, information and
stories to aid in:
YOUR OWN WISDOM WITHIN
TAPPING INTO THE WORK YOU'RE HERE TO DO
YOUR STORY - RECOGNIZING THE THREADS THAT MAKE YOU YOU!
by Lissa Ann Forbes
can look forward to the next issue of Write from the Inside on September
#11: August 29, 2004
It Anywhere! Just Do It!
Do you have trouble finding a place to write? A
place where you find inspiration?
Does your imagination freeze as you sit at your
computer in your studio or office?
Have you found yourself saying, "I'll
write it down when I get home," and when you get there you
wonder what the idea was that you had in the grocery store?
week I was shopping at King Sooper's, a local grocery store. Suddenly I
noticed they were playing Tijuana Brass through the PA system. In an
instant I was 13 years old again, living in Rochester, NY, creating a
floor routine with a friend for PE class. I could imagine choreographing the
routine with my partner, hearing the music,
performing in the one-piece royal blue PE suite we had been assigned for class, and
not winning the competition after believing we had come up with a prize
performance. I wanted to find a corner, sit down and write the story
right then while the music was playing. At least I made a note on my
grocery list to trigger my mind for later.
invite you to stop where you are, take out a pencil and paper and at
the very least make a note of the idea that just came to you.
a field trip to a place you felt inspire some time ago and forgot
Sit and capture the details. Breath in what you see, what you smell,
the voices and sounds that abound. Make squiggly lines that flow
across the paper.
attention when new acquaintances mention a favorite spot. Check it
out. Observe. Drink it in and write it down. Include any memories
that float through your mind.
HAPPENING IN THE CELLAR? What’s happening?
There is a whole room full of people and animals in this
cellar. There’s a cowboy, a
preacher, and a politician in one corner.
There’s a woman crying, some people kissing and someone
yelling in the other corner. There
are 100 Dalmations running around, and the seven Dwarfs are holding
lanterns. In the next room you see Robert Frost and John Steinback
having a discussion. It’s
mind boggling! It’s
crazy! You close your
eyes and shake your head like one of the Dalmations. With eyes wide
open you see that you’re in a cellar full of …… full of…..
books. Books on every topic you
can imagine: Westerns,
Religion, Politics, Novels, Movies, Poems and more."
—Barbara Clark, Toastmaster, Lafayette,
excerpt from Barbara's recent speech inspired me
visit The Book Cellar the day after her speech
lead to the creation of the Writing Selection for this issue.
Imagine with Me
Lissa Ann Forbes
corner coffee shop. One of my favorite places to write. I can get a cup
of brew and sit on a cozy couch. I find getting away from the “have
to’s” and “should do’s” of my very humble home is just the
medicine my creative spirit yearns for.
I learned of a new place. Please come with me and imagine … finding
all in one place … mystery and intrigue, famous people, childhood
fairy tale characters, life lessons, new recipes, laughter and jokes,
scandal, babies and parents and grandparents, Shakespeare, wisdom and
dreams, history and horror, presidents and murderers, games and stamps
and music, science and math and English. Oh yes, English—words by the
bushel basket full.
enter through the back door, out of the evening rain. The door hinge
squeaks, the ‘OPEN’ sign askew. No one greets me but I feel at home.
Down nine golden carpeted steps, I find myself in a close space bright
with ultraviolet light and scattered lamps adding a softer light. At the
foot of the stairs dotted with The Road Less Traveled, Swiss Family
Robinson, Pooh, and two ceramic cats sleeping under the wilting fern
sits a straight-backed upholstered chair. Pooh’s and Peck’s
classmates stand at attention obediently lining the walls. I can touch
the melon-colored popcorn sprayed ceiling and I’m only 5’7” tall.
pass through a doorway into the main room where the owner, Barbara
Butterworth, sits working diligently at her computer in the quiet of the
evening. I am the only customer, looking for inspiration. I must write a
story to present to 473 fans in 24 hours. I wander through the place and
find myself chuckling that Lynne Truss’s Eats, Shoots and Leaves
(2004) sits next to Joe Tucker’s Steelers Victory After Forty (1973). A bronze
foot-tall Shakespeare oversees his tomes.
a back room not much bigger than my arm span, Pooh and Peter Pan, the
Velveteen Rabbit and Raggedy Ann sit in observance of my wandering. If
only I were small enough to sit a spell in the miniature floral print over-stuffed
rocker I could enjoy a chat with my childhood friends.
in the distance, I hear the murmur of voices, the occasional footsteps
overhead. Books perched on hangers on the wall remind me of birds ready
for flight. Stacks are piled on the floor and misplaced characters sit
discarded horizontally atop their friends.
bell tolled early, 20 minutes ‘til closing. Barbara was ready to call
it an evening. When you run your own business you can do that. She
kindly asked if it was okay with me … I said I’d be finished in just
a couple minutes if she didn’t mind. I had a bit more observing to do.
I captured a few more details and thanked her for the adventure and
quickly shared a bit of how I saw her shop.
the cloud-covered night, I climbed into my Toyota and turned the
ignition. As I imagined Barbara turning out the lights, I said a silent
goodnight to my friends. Yes, books are my friends. They don't talk
back. They don't try to fix me. They accept me as I am. They tell me
what I’m ready to hear when I’m ready to hear it. And sometimes they
entertain me with a laugh, a chortle or a tear. But always they are
there when I need them.
Book Cellar in Louisville, Colorado. It was a place to capture details.
To let my creativity emerge. It’s a place I will frequent. It spells home.
It’s one place I can do it. Write.
Resource: Writing Down the Bones
by Natalie Goldgerg
Goldberg says, "It wasn't the physical accommodations that were
perfect, but when we are in the heart of writing it doesn't matter where
we are: it is perfect. There is a great sense of autonomy and security
to know we can write anyplace. If you want to write, finally you'll find
a way no matter what."
is fast read, very informative, and creatively demonstrates the who,
what, where, when and how of writing. Natalie is a genius. Her format of
short stories gives pointed examples that are extremely helpful about
the craft of writing. A terrific resource to be kept on your bookshelf for
Goldberg will introduce and sign her new book, The
Great Failure: A Bartender, A Monk, and My Unlikely Path to Truth at
the Boulder Book Store, 1107 Pearl St, Boulder,
Colorado, Tuesday, September 14th, 7:30pm. She
says, "I wrote this book in the hope of meeting what's real. It is
my humble effort to illuminate the path of honesty."
locations and schedules, please visit her website at http://www.nataliegoldberg.com/0-Schedule.html
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