I think that one of the greatest skills we can learn as writers is how to be good listeners.
In the last week alone, I have closed my mouth and opened my heart to hear more stories of love, tragedy, revenge, and sacrifice than any one human being can rightly claim to hear in a lifetime. The key for me has been simply listening without interrupting.
Talkers love to find good listeners, as most others are telling them to shut up or, at the very least, give it a break. But talkers have much to share, and when they are given space to really let go and dive into a subject that they’re passionate about–well, look out.
I write this not because I’m necessarily proud of my sudden ability to shut up; I write this because Nano is coming up, and I hope you might join us and write a book in the month of November. I’m going to be spending a great deal of time on this site writing about nano, how we prepare, what strategies are out there to do such a task, and tips and words of motivation that will keep all of us in a place where we can muster out just a few more strokes on the keyboard.
The stories I have heard are all gellin’ nicely for my story: a psychological thriller that is similar to my other works in this genre.
More on the story line later.
Who’s thinking about doing this? Nano’s great! You should consider joining us….Much fun, that’s for sure!
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Ah, you see, I have learned that being a good mother to my grown up daughter is to shut up and listen. She is 30, she does not need me telling her what to do with her life. She does want me to listen to her.
I think it is something many people never learn…
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