I am not a writer. I might write well sometimes, but I often struggle to write a simple coherent email. Three years ago, I was struggling more than usual, so I decided to ask other people how they navigated “writers’ block.” I began interviewing writers about their process and posting their responses on my previous blog during the entire month of March 2010. I loved the project and learned a great deal from generous people. I have been extremely grateful to everyone who contributed in 2010 and 2011.
Even though I have stopped interviewing writers, the project still lives. In 2012, my daughter visited some of the contributors, including one of my favorite preachers, the Reverend Anne Howard. (Anne’s three responses were posted on March 13, 2010.) The photograph above was taken November 7, 2012 in Berkeley, California. A photo from the shoot accompanies Anne’s recent article on the Beatitudes Society website that is one of my all-time favorites. The article is called, “Hold The Tension.”
On June 9, 2012, my daughter visited my good friend Arlene Stepputat in Santa Barbara. (Arlene’s three answers were posted on St. Patrick’s Day in 2010.) Arlene met Emily several years ago, so this was the first time the two could discuss animals and less important topics. Emily often asks me about that “nice lady” who had the dog and rabbit. Emily actually knows the animals’ names… and she knows that Arlene is kind.
In reading both Anne’s and Arlene’s responses three years later, I noticed that both women kept journals and wrote often. They both practiced writing. As I have practiced writing, I have moved through writers’ block faster. Three years ago, I struggled to write a sentence. Now, I struggle to write a paragraph. Progress.
To see more of the 2010 contributors, please visit my project: Open Heart – Insert Foot
Thank you again!
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