What’s the best thing about being a writer?
I don’t know that there is only one best thing. For me, there are many best things. Writing is both intellectually and emotionally creative and challenging. While working, the writer is completely focussed on the present while working out the past. It allows the writer to work through thoughts, ideas, personal and social attitudes and relationships. In researching material for a story or book’s content, a limitless world of learning opens and broadens our understanding of every aspect of life and living. It allows for communication of our most privately held beliefs and emotions. It connects us to ourselves and the world outside our selves. And it is a fascinating insight into the proess of language and thought.
How do you get inspired to write?
I needed to fill a creative gap when some health challenges forced me to give up playing; I was a classical pianist. But I don’t wait for inspiration to write. I write on-going whether feeling “inspired” or not. Though pleasurable, writing is work and takes constant “practice,” much like playing an instrument, if you want to do it well.
What are you currently working on?
I have recently finished getting my book, Aspects of Nature, ready for a May 25 launch with Inanna Publications. Also, working on a new story about a woman Holocaust survivor who has built a life around herself of fantasy.
What’s your advice for aspiring writers?
Read a lot. Analyse what you read. Write a lot. Analyse what you write. Edit a lot. Edit from the reader’s perspective.
- Rhoda Rabinowitz Green, author of Aspects of Nature (May 2016)