For me, some highlights of these posts include Killian's answers about obsession and self-doubt - she writes, "I'm having some issues with my novel right now, and that's rough. You know what else is rough? Talking about your 'novel.' What kind of writer shaming has occurred to make me feel dirty and poser-y every time I talk about it? Yikes." I also loved reading Moye's confession about struggling to write during her pregnancy, and her realization about why she writes what she writes: "I write to figure that all out and to validate my own experiences. I write to express what I feel and see around me–and to better understand what it means to be human."
In other words, I appreciated the honesty from these writers, who captured the truth of what it means to be in constant search of the best way to share your authentic voice, when there's no blueprint, no easy answers for this way of living.
I'm inspired by the way we all resisted the potential confines of writing to fit a particular genre - I described my genre as a unique voice, the stories and poems that only I can write, while Moye recounted growing out of "mimicking what I thought stories in those genres were supposed to be like." And Killian shared her insightful thoughts about focusing on "the marriage of story and language," and writing what she likes, when what she likes "doesn't fit into one (or even two, or even five) box(es)."
We are all finding our own voices, our own ways of pursuing our craft, and I think that's just fabulous. Thanks to Killian and Moye for sharing your answers!
For more inspiration, check out my recent series of posts on Inkblot Arts, Creating Meaningful Art with Inkblot Arts Inspiration. I profiled local artists and writers who are magical to me, featuring Jezebel Delilah X, Tatyana Brown, Blyth Barnow, and Indira Allegra. Read about their lives and work and prepare to feel encouraged to do you!