Writing Is a Way of Life

I knew I wanted to be a writer at age 6, when I published a poem in my school's literary magazine.  20 years later I had a Master of Arts degree in Creative Writing and was completely in love with language.  My two favorite writers were Henry Miller and Samuel Beckett.  Beckett for sheer technical virtuosity and Miller for the freedom to simply write about daily life.  I got my first job as a professional writer in '83, a promotion writer.  But it wasn't until '90, when I began Invisible Driving, my memoir of Manic Depression, that I learned what writing is.  (You can find it on Amazon, and if you'd like to see sample chapters you can go to my website www.invisibledriving.com).  Writing that book took everything I had technically, emotionally, and spiritually.  When I began it, I didn't even know if what I was attempting was possible - to recreate a Manic episode from the inside out so that non-suffers could understand what it's like.  The act of writing it changed me; in some ways it was harder than surviving the experience itself.  I had to face my demons, learn to love them, and ultimately teach them to dance.  Long ago I was a writer with nothing to say.  When I found a worthy subject, and gave it my all, I became a real writer, not just a "wordsmith."  I believe now what I believed long ago - that the duty of literature is to be beautiful, true, and fearlessly take readers somewhere they've never been before - the only difference is now I understand the price.  I hope you'll read Invisible Driving by Alistair McHarg - just scanning the reviews on Amazon is very informative.  Sure, it's funny and wild and the writing is off the map - but what makes it a book, and not a collection of words - is the truth of it.      
ElLagarto ElLagarto
56-60, M
1 Response Jun 17, 2007

That is very cool. Some people go through their entire life looking for themselves and you found him at 6. :P