Terrytown's Library

Terrytown's Library
Raised in Terrytown, Louisiana

Saturday, April 7, 2012

The Word

An Employee of Barnes and Nobles suggested a book called The Word, edited by Marita Golden. Writers are interviewed, they discuss reading and writing. My favorite interview was with J. California Cooper. She said that she reads rather than researches and that she doesn't take notes. I thought that was very interesting. It makes the historical stories I want to write possible. There are several historical topics that I want to tackle. I don't consider myself an historical writer, but I am a reader. I might make an historical subject a fiction writing project of mine. I'm learning that all I have to do is write. I don't have to worry about anything except putting words on the page and turning them into sentences.

There are so many subjects that I want to tackle. I remember, just now, being obsessed with death when I was a kid, but I don't think any of us realized that we were obsessed with death. We played seances, talked about ghosts, we feared Bloody Mary. I might make that my next writing project, but it won't be a ghost story. I wonder why we were so obsessed with death. Whatever the reason will be the situation that the characters are dealing with. I'm already writing a short story with an older narrator looking back on a childhood experience based on her African name.

Today's writing prompt: Writing until you find a subject. I wasn't thinking of death or seances until I wrote this blog and the memory came to me. My writing projects right now are coming of age stories set in the 80s and the 90s.