Learning to write. Can writing be taught? Or is the better question “Can writing be learnt?” Writing is an Art. Art cannot be taught. As a writer, I am required to write alone. The spark, the life, the essence… can this be taught? The uncertainty, the not knowing, learning to recognize that the best learning comes from the experience of making and doing. In fact, all I need to know is one word — write.
Students either hear the music of words and language or are tone-deaf to it. Writing is an art. Writing rules can be taught. The elements of writing can be taught. The words are the voice that captures my imagination.
If you want to succeed as a writer, you must be prepared to read, you must be prepared to think imaginatively; you must be prepared to take time practicing, experimenting, revising. You must be prepared to listen to criticism. As if mother was angry. Feeling homesick can make you obsessed. Then be obsessed. Writing is a good obsession. I must be prepared for the “muse.” If it’s there, it has to be appeased. If I ignore it, I will only succeed in replacing it with a feeling of restlessness.
I started writing when I was six by the river marsh. That is my home. I write my persona. I use my house as a place to birth, to cook, to weave, to sing and dance in winter. Velvet skirt reaching to my ankles. Turquoise, red coral jewelry. I love to dance the bachata. Jasmine. Feeding my child. Unborn at that time. Paralyzed. Speechless. First pregnant woman. When will I be free?
I love writing.
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Guest Author Bio
Ilona Martonfi Author of two poetry books, Blue Poppy, (Coracle Press, 2009.) Black Grass, (Broken Rules Press 2012). Published in Vallum, Accenti, The Fiddlehead, Serai. Founder/producer of The Yellow Door and Visual Arts Centre Readings, co-founder of Lovers and Others. QWF 2010 Community Award.
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