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To Write or Not to Write

by Madam Z

I want to write, or at least, I want to want to write, or maybe I just want to have written. Yeah, that would be great - I have written a best-selling novel; I am rich and famous; people stop me on the street, begging me to autograph their newly purchased copy of my book, and the extra ones they bought for their mothers and friends. Of course, I could get through life quite nicely without ever penning another word; just continue to live my fame-free existence, undistinguished until I’m extinguished. But I won’t give myself permission to stop trying to try; I will keep on poking at the sealed box of potential stories until I wrench one out. Maybe it will be like a freeze-dried dinner, a box of old K-rations from some soldier’s backpack, stored in the attic; I’ll open it up, add some tears, and it will spring to life, before my eyes. I will, I will, I want to, I need to; I can do it... or not.

6S

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15 comments:

Joe said...

A wonderful discourse on the art of writing by one of the top Sixers. Madame Z is herself a true artist of the written word and is an exemplary writer and the kind of writer many strive to be. She never disappoints and this six is no exception. Her stories are always filled with wonderful imagery and wit. I look forward to each six that Madame Z bestows upon us. She is awesome!

austere said...

"Or not?"- Really?

No choice- none, I think.

lovely.

Leatherdykeuk said...

Excellent. Haven't we all been there at some point?

Kevin Michaels said...

I think Joe said it best. I love the imagery and the strength of her six and I think all of us who write (for fun- pleasure-satisfaction) have been here many times. I love the depth and detail of the fifth line. Great job!
KM

Catherine said...

I love your writing Madam Z! Great Six. Thank you! Cat

mgirl said...

"I’ll open it up, add some tears, and it will spring to life, before my eyes." I love this line, Madam Z. One of your best sixes.

natasha said...

Hey Madam Z,

I just read your previous 6's and you are one talented writer. I look forward to reading more from you.

Harry said...

Madam Z, it's too late for you to go "undistinguished until I’m extinguished". Might as well sharpen a few of those pencils Rob gave you and start practicing for that day when we all line up for your autograph.

Anonymous said...

Girl how you ROCK. That's my pipe dream in a nutshell too ... who knew? You're gonna do it, doll. You ARE doing it. ~Jennifer W.

Lord Cyriac said...

Your Zness...

I believe totally that art is the process and not the finished product..........Or at least I want to believe it.
However, by any definition, you are a writer who has written, is probably writing a I write this, and who will without doubt write again tomorrow.
You spoke for us all with "To write or not to write"

Arthur Daniels

Stephanie said...

"to have written" There is the perspective I probably should have picked up on eons ago.

Another great six, wisdom siphoned and distilled with verve and eloquence.

Madam Z said...

Thank you all for your encouraging (and flattering!) words. I had a feeling that my lament would strike a chord with my fellow sixers. Writing can be such hard work, sometimes, and it's so much easier to just drift away and do something more important...like watching "Wheel of Fortune" or alphabetizing the spice jars in the cupboard. But you have inspired me! Now where did I put those pencils...

Anonymous said...

Madam Z - Ditto what Joe said. Always a pleasure!
caccy46

Anonymous said...

Madam,this is great it shows all the passion most of us have to do the same thing. Write On!

Jeanette

Joseph Lupoli said...

A beauty of a 6S!

Joseph Lupoli