five great things someone else said, vol 19

Photographing the BlogHer conference meant five days of peeking my head in and out of the workshops, the parties, the breakfasts and lunches each day. In those snippets I realized how much I want to attend next year and absorb it all from a writer’s POV.

The blogosphere is complex and hard to define. The term “blog” itself covers such a wide range of genres, but unlike film or books or music, the general public has yet to fully grasp that. At BlogHer the range of talents were on display, and no place more so than at the Voice of the Year keynote, where fourteen truly extraordinary bloggers read essays that blew me away. Seriously, there was a reason there was Kleenex at every seat. One of the speakers was my friend Eden, and I am proud to have been a part of the events that took place in the post she read.

Here is a link to the posts of the fourteen keynote presenters.

They were all original and strong voices – but there are so many of them out there! So many more than those fourteen. I find this really exciting.

There is an incredible playing field that is being leveled by the blogosphere. Suddenly, there are voices being heard that a decade ago would not have had a platform. A blog offers people a place to share their words with the world. To find an audience, and maybe even find work. Writing work. Paid work.

The Lost Generation headed for Paris. Perhaps the next literary circle is headed online. Maybe it’s already there.

A writing life can be hard. It’s inconsistent and unpredictable, but I couldn’t live without it. And to all those who share in it, five great things someone else said about the writing life:

Read, read, read. Read everything — trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You’ll absorb it. Then write. If it’s good, you’ll find out. If it’s not, throw it out of the window. – William Faulkner

There’s no such thing as perfect writing, just like there’s no such thing as perfect despair. – Haruki Murakami

How do I know what I think until I see what I say? – E.M. Forster

Deliver me from writers who say the way they live doesn’t matter. I’m not sure a bad person can write a good book. If art doesn’t make us better, then what on earth is it for. – Alice Walker

Don’t say it was delightful; make us say delightful when we’ve read the description. You see, all those words (horrifying, wonderful, hideous, exquisite) are only like saying to your readers Please will you do the job for me. – C.S. Lewis

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