Tuesday, January 22, 2008

BIAW Day Two: Life Sentences in O Magazine

Last week at the grocery store, I almost walked by the cover of February's O The Oprah Magazine. But then I saw the headline, "Tell Your Story: A Top Novelist Shows You How." With a shrug, I tossed it in the basket and hours later when the Little Dude conked out, I read the story thinking I'd get the usual stuff (write every day, revise like crazy, etc.). What I found was a treasure.

Wally Lamb wrote about his work with inmates at the Janet S. York Correctional Institution. There are some real gems in the article but my favorite is this:
Michelangelo, the 16th-century artistic genius, once said this about his work:
"I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free." My inmate
students, you, and I are damaged angels-in-waiting who have the potential to
sculpt our best selves with the aid of paper and pen."
Well, it was tough yesterday to reach my BIAW goal. Even though I took two Tylenols, the right half of my face felt like it was going to melt off. After a week away from my WIP, I couldn't seem to tap into the story or my characters. (They're probably talking behind my back with Tamara, Isa, Aggie & Nely!) But I wrote. I wrote my ten pages that carved deeper into the stone, bringing me closer to the angel waiting inside.

And to be compeltely honest with you, I also didn't want to look bad!

Vamos! Let's write! And if you want to join The WIPS, send an email to thewips-subscribe@yahoogroups.com.


Caryn said...

I'd heard that quote before, but I hadn't compared it to writing. I LOVE it.

Zoe said...

hehehe. Hey, not wanting to look bad is as good a reason as any for writing. These kinds of groups really work. And I really wish I could do it, but I'm in edits right now, I have too much to edit, if I pick up one more rough draft before I finish I'll just be self sabotaging.

Mary Castillo said...

Thanks, Caryn!

Zoe, I understand where you are. I'm sure we'll do this BIAW thing again!


spyscribbler said...

It is a good reason to write! Sometimes that reason saves me, LOL.

I think I just joined the group, but I'm not entirely sure, LOL. I did 500 yesterday and 1,000 so far today. I'm not sure if I'll write again tonight. I'd like to, but I don't usually.

Yay, guys, you got me back to my normal life again! Thanks!