Write With Me Study Hall, Monday, November 14, 2016: Love Letters & Apocalypse

Like. many of you out there, I’m still a bit stunned, but it’s time to pick ourselves up off the mat and get to work. Even though the landscape has changed around us, we must remember that this is real life, not the world in our head. 

We have options. As writers, we have the privilege of showing our readers a world that could be, whether for better or worse, or the world as we see it. We could hole ourselves up and write a diversion, much as J.M. Barrie wrote Peter Pan to exorcise the death of his brother, David.  Our response could be to write a fantasy in which all becomes right with the world. Or we could write the unvarnished, naked truth. 

I’m feeling more like the unvarnished, naked truth these days. I have a feeling that for the next few years, my favorite people will be satirists, or comedians. Wanda Sykes on Trump  

We’ll see what comes out.
Today, I will lay hands on my new novel, The Man Who Loved Chocolate

I will also write a little love letter to Hillary Clinton, who I’m sure isn’t getting enough love, and never enough appreciation, these days. If you’d care to join me in that venture, the address is:
Hillary Clinton, Post Office Box 5256, New York, NY 10185-5256

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  1. I need to write Hillary a letter. She is more gracious than I am, so I admire her all the more. But on the home front — I am once again having grave doubts about whether writing is worth it, when so much of the writing that circulates is not worth reading, so thanks for the reminder. I believe in what I am doing. What I’m not sure of is whether it’s the best thing to be doing at this time.

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    • Hm. I understand, I think. In the face of so much peril, action seems necessary every hour. But the right words are necessary in every time, it seems to me. I simply don’t know if I can find those words, but sometimes it seems that search is the best I can do. Other times, it appears I will have to drag these old bones into more physicality than they would like. You are one of the best writers for urgent news, I think, Susanna, so I hope you keep it up.

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    • I hope you’ve changed your mind by now. Writing is the thing that is most likely to save us, I think.

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