A woman explores her personal world of writing.
As a child, Nestor (How to Sleep Alone in a King-Size Bed: A Memoir of Starting Over, 2008) was encouraged to be a "good girl," which "often meant not talking about what was really happening." She suppressed her knowledge of her mother's alcoholism and was afraid to speak about her abortion; her fears, silence and denial of the truth made her afraid to put her thoughts down on paper, except in rare moments when she had faith in the ability to hear her inner voice. The author takes readers on the winding path of discovering her writing life as she uncovered that inner voice and found the courage to express her opinions, tackle graduate school and become a writing instructor. With honesty and humility, Nestor voices the thoughts many writers, especially female writers, often feel—the urge to write, that something that often can't be named until it appears on paper or on a computer screen but which is pushed aside for the sake of others. Woven into the threads of her writing life are moments spent with her mother, stepfather and grandmother, a woman who lived surrounded by art, food and gardening and had a unique joy for life. "Writing offers promise," writes the author. “At its best, writing comes from the wild place, from the home of the undomesticated, the untamed, the feral. The place that promises that we can bend time and space, the place beyond practicality, punctuality, and iPhones." With the use of the numerous writing exercises included at the end of each chapter, readers will unleash their own potentials and find their own wild, untamed writing voices.
Helpful exercises combined with the memories of one woman's journey down the oftentimes scary and lonely path of the writer.