Missing Someone

It’s like she’s lost somewhere, out there wandering around, trying to find her way back home. Or still in hospital, and I must go visit her and bring her back.

I wish I could. My oldest sister, Lucy, died over two years ago and the pain is still there. Not as sharp, not as blinding, as it was when I first said good-bye at her bedside when she was taking her last breath. She smiled at me and quietly said, “I love you too.” A piece of me died with her.

I’m not going to eulogize her. That’s been done. I just wish that everyone who knew her could remember her goodness, her love, her giving personality. And she didn’t need to give anything to anyone upon her death.

Me–I just miss her.

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How to Write in 700 Easy Lessons – Magazine – The Atlantic

How to Write in 700 Easy Lessons – Magazine – The Atlantic

I just stumbled upon this essay in The Atlantic magazine, written by Richard Bausch. Excellent. Read it if you want to be a writer, or already are.

Mainly his stance is that the best way to learn to write is to read, read, read. That the many “how to” books on writing aren’t the be-all-and-end-all. Or even worth it.

A statement he makes that bothers me, is that 25% of the population hasn’t read a book in the past year. Yet so many claim they have a book in them that needs–begs–to be written. How can a person write if he or she doesn’t read a book? Reading only short stories doesn’t cut it. Just as only reading the How-to manuals.

When I first started submitting my writings to editors, I already had a few decades of reading thousands of books, almost all genres. I confess though, to give me what I call a beginners boost, I read Stephen King’s On Writing book, grabbed a few other “about writing” books from the library, and read a handful of writer’s magazines. But I used them as jumping- off points and that was over ten years ago. Now all I do is read any book I can get my hands on, write every day, and read some more.

And ultimately, that is the best way to become a writer.