Jan 16

2013 – Reach

Put your heart on the page


Along with my 2013 “theme” word, I’m sharing a quote from what has become an early favorite among my newest writing books, What If? Writing Exercises for Fiction Writers, by Anne Bernays and Pamela Painter. I had checked out the library book first in order to determine if I wanted to purchase it. It was highly recommended by my writing professor and at first read, I was slightly cynical, but it’s become my favorite.

This page was one that somebody dog-eared. It’s fascinating to me what readers choose to mark in a book and this one spoke right to me. When I got my own copy, I dog-eared it too. (Do you write in and mark up your books? I do!)

Putting my own heart on the page doesn’t necessarily mean that I do it in a way that invites public consumption. I think it’s a way of dealing with strong emotion by writing through it — pre-writing perhaps.

And this is where my theme word comes in. I’m facing a number of “heart” issues right now and to say it’s rendered me ineffective as a writer (blog, writing journal, short stories) is an understatement. So, I’m acknowledging it, writing through it and reaching. I have a feeling my theme for 2013 is going to manifest itself in many ways. It already has.

Next up: actual knitting content



  1. cauchy09 says:

    I love that quotation. Sorry to hear things are going smoothly right now. Here’s hoping all is well soon…

  2. evelyn says:

    Reaching is a wonderful word to aspire to in our daily lives. I hope that your heart gets some comfort soon.

  3. SoKnitpicky says:

    This is a beautiful choice for your theme. I know you’ll remember that you can reach out as well as reaching in. And you’ll get to where you’re going, one day at a time. Hugs.

  4. Kristen says:

    Love this post. Reaching is a wonderful goal, thank you for reminding me. It sounds like this year is going well, very happy for you.

  5. Debbie says:

    Yay!! You picked a theme word for the year. This is my 4th year having a Word for the Year and am always amazed how beneficial it is. Large and small ways makes big changes in your life.


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