The Peace of Writing

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Memoir  |  House: Booksie Classic

What writing has meant to me.

The Peace of Writing

 

I don’t remember the first time I read about - the peace of writing - or who wrote about it, but I knew what it was.

 

This zone of calm where I can write for endless hours and not keep track of the time. This hum, this golden fun where I can say whatever I want. Be anyone, go anywhere, do anything, all from my comforting chair.

 

I grew up dreaming of writing, but never wrote anything. Life had a practical side, so I was a nurse for many years and thought - someday.

 

The years slipped away. Sometimes I thought  - if I never have, I never will - but when I was forty-seven, two things happened. The first was I went to the viewing of a friend in the funeral home. We went to school together. She was a pretty girl in life but now her body was very dead inside the coffin. I got hot and had to get out. The sun was a big red ball going down in the cemetery, and I took a deep breath of cold air, and it came inside me that if there was something I wanted to do in this life, I better get to it.

 

The second thing was my sister-in-law wrote all these stories. She was a speech therapist by day, and wrote stories by night. I told her, “I always wanted to be a writer, but never wrote anything I wanted to read.”

 

She looked at me, “You learn to be a writer. There’s all sorts of courses and teachers to help you.” How did I get so old before I heard this?

 

I started English 101 at the community college. The teacher looked fourteen. He had a ponytail! He said, “We’re going to learn English by writing stories.” Then he said, “I’m excited!” I still remember the thrill.

 

That day I embarked on an adventure. Sometimes its been scary and over my head, but mostly I’ve found a peace that is endless and good. This place where stories live and you can catch one and write it down.

 

But stories need readers. It’s no fun if no one reads. This year of COVID, I’ve kept out of the fray and found booksie.com where I can write and put stories on. Thank you, Booksie. Hours of peace in the storm.


Submitted: May 02, 2021

© Copyright 2021 Suzanne Mays. All rights reserved.

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88 fingers

Good story about writing and losing ones self in it. I've been on here almost three years. Thought about being a writer in my 20's but things got in the way....life.

Mon, May 3rd, 2021 10:34pm

Suzanne Mays

For me, starting later in life meant it didn't have to support me. Just fun. Thank you for reading and commenting. All the best.

Tue, May 4th, 2021 11:51am

D Mays

Most people say "I can't wright" when asked. I ask if they have ever tried. They answer no. I believe all people can wright and have stories waiting inside them. Thank you for posting your stories. Just sit down and the words will come from your life and imagination.

Fri, May 7th, 2021 11:32am

Suzanne Mays

Thank you, D. Writing a story means I get to control everything. It's fun!

Sun, May 9th, 2021 1:13am

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