Monday, March 31, 2014

Follow Your Weirdness

The kind folks over at Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers invited me to write a post for their blog. It's up today, if you want to check it out here. I appreciate the opportunity and invitation even more than I usually would a similar invitation elsewhere. For a year, I was a participating member in RMFW. For a couple months, I helped manage their Twitter account, and then for six months, I worked with the amazing Pat Stoltey and helped edit their blog. It was a fantastic experience; I loved being a part of this supportive, active, and vital group.

In December, when it came time to pay for and renew my membership, I made the tough decision to not do so, which meant I regretfully had to relinquish my role as co-editor. But inherent to the title, Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers, their focus was...well...fiction. Go figure. I decided membership with a nonfiction association may benefit me a little more directly, since really, this is my writing passion.

In a sea of writers, sometimes I feel like a lone duck in my love of nonfiction, whether it be essays, articles, or hopefully (someday?) a full-length nonfiction book. Who knows, maybe someday I'll attempt writing fiction again-- you never know where the spirit will lead. But in the meantime I must, as Annie Dillard suggests, "Follow my own weirdness".

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  1. That's okay. We can be weird together. :P
    Sounds like you made the best choice for you. ;)

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    1. Yes. Now. To actually write. ;) Congratulations on your book and cover-- just wonderful!

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  2. There are many people that prefer reading non-fiction. There is definitely an audience for it. Go for it!!!

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    1. Thanks-- now for that bolt of lightening inspiration.

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  3. Ahhh, I can understand the sense of alone-ness as a nonfiction writer. But I think that's a good problem to have. :) On the opposite end, I feel absolutely small and unheard in the realm of fiction. Your posts are full of so much depth and I always enjoy reading them. To me, they stand out amongst all other blogs, because for one, they read as if you and I were sitting together having a meaningful conversation. And I think that takes a gift to be able to accomplish!

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    1. Anna, I'm giving you the Queen of Encouragement crown. It comes with my undying gratitude, a glass of wine and a complimentary hug. Thank you for your kind words.

      You, on the other hand... DID IT!!!!

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  4. Seems like most of my reading is non-fiction...but ohhh...to escape into the realms of fantasy is sooo pleasurable sometimes.

    Follow that weirdness! I'll read you.

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  5. This is why you need to join a group like Northern Colorado Writers. Our members are poets, essayists, memoirists, journalists, editors, publishers, and yes, even fiction writers. Loved having you on the RMFW Blog today, Julie. It was wonderful working with you, so I hope we have the chance to do it again one of these days.

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    1. I do need to check out Northern Colorado Writers not seriously. Thanks for having me over, Pat.

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  6. Don't go where everybody go. Go where your heart takes you. I shall remember this one. Huge dragon hugs and sorry Í have been absent here for so long. Dragon still loves you.

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    1. Al-- you never ever need to apologize to me. I know the SHs are there when I need them. :) Follow your heart-- you are my hero in this regard.

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  7. All of us, writers, feel weird and alone, fiction and non-fiction alike. That's why we write instead of chatting with friends in a coffee shop. But we can't deny our nature. Personally, if I do, if I don't write something one day, I feel crabby. I suppose that applies to most of us.
    Write, Julie, whatever your heart desires, before you get into the funk. We can't have you crabby too.

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  8. You have to write what pleases your soul. I have had people tell me to write erotica, it sells like hot cakes. I don't have anything against it, but that's not me.

    I like to read nonfiction too. Reading about WWII on the Outer Banks right now. Love it.

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    1. I love books like that, Elizabeth. Maybe some day I'll dip my toes in the fiction waters... who knows?

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  9. I've read a lot of good non-fiction. While I don't currently write it I have thought about it. Maybe it will be in my future. For now, I'm glad of those who follow their 'weirdness' so we have non-fiction and articles to read.

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    1. I should have included the original quote here, by Annie Dillard, where I stole that phrase. It was perfect, no matter our style of writing.

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  10. I have always admired you for your writing choices! Don't ever apologize, but I also know what you mean. Most all my friends write YA and I don't relate as much as I should. I think you made the right choice for you - autobiographies are my favorite. Not weird - not weird at all!

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    1. Yolanda, you rock. That's really all I have to say to you after this note. :) Hugs.

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  11. I like that. Always let your weirdness be your guide. I'm pocketing this one. Thanks, Julie.

    I have a hard time wrapping my brain around writing fiction, much less doing it. I don't know how you fiction writers go to such creative places. I also don't know how people like you do it all. I guess it comes back to following your weirdness, right?

    Be well,
    xoRobyn

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    1. Here's the original quote by Annie Dillard: Read for pleasure. If you like Tolstoy, read Tolstoy; if you like Dostoevsky, read Dostoevsky. Push it a little, but don’t read something totally alien to your nature and then say, “I’ll never be able to write like that.” Of course you won’t. Read books you’d like to write. If you want to write literature, read literature. Write books you’d like to read. Follow your own weirdness.

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  12. Hi Julie,

    Weird is my alleged human's middle name. I prefer non-fiction, however and perhaps ironically, I do have one major fictional character named, Gary.

    May weirdness be your guide, my human friend.

    Penny, the pawsitive host of the Alphabark Challenge, 2014!

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    1. Penny-- you are a fictional (nonfictional?) wonder. ;) Thanks for the greeting.

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  13. I read your essay, and I have to agree that it's no fun studying something that we don't really have a passion for. I find that the most youthful and happy people I know, regardless of their age, are those who boldly "follow their weirdness" and march to the beat of their own drum.

    That's a great new profile picture of you, by the way.

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    1. Thanks, Cynthia. Wasn't that quote by Annie Dillard wonderful? Appreciate your thoughts. :)

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Thanks for being a part of the conversation. I love reading your thoughts and feedback.