Lately I have been spending a great deal of time writing, thinking about writing, reading about writing, talking about writing and participating in a class about writing. Actually I should clarify – it is not just “lately”. Over the last three years I have been writing a memoir, meeting weekly with my writing coach, discussing the chapter of 700 – 1800 words I produced over the week, learning to write scenes and show rather than tell, making my words produce images that come alive. What a fascinating experience that continues to evolve.
Earlier this week I attended an inspiring, lively evening of storytelling with dynamic women at a Hello Sunshine/Together Live event in the Chicago Auditorium Theater. Eight women, including Glennon Doyle and Reese Witherspoon engaged the audience with personal, yet universal stories. The enthusiastic audience connected and responded with applause, laughter and intent listening.
I jotted down a comment that really resonated with me – Stories connect, heal, elevate. Yes, they do. I hope telling my story will do those three things. I aspire to do that.
My first draft is finished. I am working on platform and how best to use my writing and Tai Chi to connect and further create community.
I am a Tai Chi teacher. I am a writer.They are so intertwined because Tai Chi has been instrumental in transforming my life, in motivating me to share my story with others.
Stayed tuned. Much more to come.