March 18, 2014

"It's the way she plucks words from midair and sews them together into some fetish quilt...."


As a writer, sometimes you hear things. Sometimes you hear a review that tears you down. Sometimes your rejection file is as thick as your acceptance file. Sometimes your English Comp 1A professor takes you outside the classroom and tells you that you should give up all hope of ever becoming a writer. (True story.)

So what do you do?

You write because you can't not write. Not to prove them wrong. Not to show them who's boss.

You write because the crazy will become pronounced if you don't let the words out of your head. You write because the tapping sound of your fingers on the keyboard gives you strength and gives you peace. You write because the characters need to speak. They need to breathe. Without you, they're nothing.

My favorite stories are the ones in which people get what they need. Rubbernecking is one of these. A reader said, "This story is very well-written with great imagery and a brilliant flash of insight toward the end." Another penned, "There's just something about Alison Tyler's writing that always leaves me wanting more."

For me? Rubbernecking is about being accepted for who you are and what you require. Isn't that what we all want at our core? Our desires to be met. Our cravings to be answered.

XXX,
Alison

3 comments:

fdotleonora said...

i love that you continued to write with a fury & didn't let the outside noise distract you. we write because we have to...

Sheri Savill said...

"... because the crazy will become pronounced if you don't let the words out of your head ..."

Yep.

oliviasummersweet said...

"Sometimes your English Comp 1A professor takes you outside the classroom and"
I was expecting something else here