writing to me is…blog-a-licious

I am happy to be participating in another Blog-A-Licious blog hop, a diverse group of bloggers writing about the same subject at the same time. What’s not to love? Make the rounds: the stop before me is Janki http://janukulkarni.blogspot.com/ and the stop following me is Thelma http://widowsphere.blogspot.com/. Check them out – the whole list is at the end of this post.

Writing to me is about discovery. When I learned my letters, knowing they made sounds that created meaning, I developed relationships with them. S was fun. R was strong, (since it stood on two feet), while O was liable to do anything.  The vowels seemed like a club to me, friends who made things happen. Q could not be trusted. Z was a dashing wild card, scarce but a fire starter.

Learning to read and then to write, to put words together into sentences and then combine sentences into stories or to express my ideas, was of paramount importance, in part because my sister, eighteen months older than I, was in school before me and I was jealous. When I was an adolescent, trying to define who I was and interested in being a writer, I read widely and made a game of trying to write in the style of authors I admired. I felt eager, and had confidence in my ability to write.

When a student teacher, a mentor, responded to my spoken goal of being a famous writer by telling me that there were no famous women writers, I knew he was wrong. Louisa May Alcott came to my mind immediately. No, I was told, she was a children’s writer and did not count. The conversation went pretty much as you would expect from there.

Discouraged, I decided to concentrate on art, since happily married women painters lived on either side of our family home. I could envision myself in that role, one I went on to inhabit. The ambition to be a writer receded, though my relationship to letters and words continued, through letterpress printing. I incorporated text into my work, setting the letters one at a time and inking them up. The magic of printing only reinforced my sense of the alphabet as animated, sentient.

But the urge to write and to tell stories never disappeared and now I am once again working at it. The discovery of my own stories and how to tell them is an ongoing labor. I no longer think about fame, or even about money. If I am lucky enough to keep my day job, I don’t aim to quit it. I have recovered some of my eagerness, and slowly, confidence in the writing. All those hours in the studio have helped me at the desk. The intimacy of handling the metal letters and building words physically has had its effect. Everything counts. Everything matters.

And there are tons of successful women writers, famous and otherwise. Oh, yes.

1. Paula – http://hardlineselfhelp.com/

2. Stuart – http://bornstoryteller.wordpress.com/

3. Karen – http://karenvwasylowski.blogspot.com/

4. DK Levick – http://dklevick.wordpress.com/

5. Shannon – http://reflectionandreview.com/

6. Corinne – http://www.everydaygyaan.com/

7. Sonia – http://soniarumzi.com/

8. Sulekha – http://sulekkha.blogspot.com/

9. Dora – http://peacefrompieces.blogspot.com/

10. Sarah – http://sarahbutland.com/blog/

11. Marcia – http://insidejourneys.com/

12. Roy – http://royd-spiltmilk.blogspot.com/

13. Janki – http://janukulkarni.blogspot.com/

14. Tina – https://tinahoggatt.wordpress.com/

15. Thelma – http://widowsphere.blogspot.com/

16. Muriel – http://mumugb.blogspot.com/

17. Nolan – http://nolanwilsonfreelance.com/blog

18. Deborah – http://www.deborahswift.blogspot.com/

19. Jennifer – http://remembernewvember.blogspot.com/

20. Grace – http://graceelliot-author.blogspot.com/

21. Dora – http://blogaliciousblogs.blogspot.com/

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About Tina Hoggatt

I am an artist and writer and work for 4Culture, King County's cultural arts organization.
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29 Responses to writing to me is…blog-a-licious

  1. JLBCreatives says:

    Great post! So glad you were on the tour. Thanks for sharing. Have a great weekend!

  2. It is true “everything counts and everything matters”. It is so true.

  3. sulekha says:

    Enjoyed reading your post, everything matters…thinking about writing is the first step..

  4. Great post! I’m following you on twitter via Blog-a-licious 🙂

  5. dk Levick says:

    Is there a difference between painting and writing? We paint pictures using our words as brushes and paints. Good post. enjoyed it

    • Tina Hoggatt says:

      There is a difference, at least to me, but the discipline and the origin of my own interest in both feels the same. Thanks – making the rounds tomorrow as I am traveling IRL.

  6. (I skimmed your other website – GOR-geous artwork!)

  7. Can’t believe she’d think a children’s author didn’t count. Hmm, wonder if she was a frustrated writer?! Glad she didn’t crush your dream.
    Love your post!
    Marcia

    • Tina Hoggatt says:

      This was a man who rejected literature for young people as having value. *sigh* Knew he was wrong and behaving badly but I thought I might avoid this kind of thing being an artist. Not so much, it turned out. Why I identify as a feminist.

  8. I’ve just subscribed to your blog, having discovered it on this tour. I really enjoyed this post and the previous one. A creative thinker is always a creative thinker, I guess, just finding different outlets for that imagination. Love the animated alphabet.

  9. What a nimrod: there are no successful women writers. Really? Hope you slapped him upside his head for that one.
    btw…your beginning with the alphabet: there’s a book there, with they way you describe them. You really should go for it.

    Shared and all that. Glad for this hop.

  10. roydurham says:

    i don’t think that teacher was very smart. actually i think he was dumb and down right stupid and had no business being in a school. There many great women writers and writer of children book are the most important. keep writing and i am sure you will be a great writer don’t give up the hope and be come the dream. thank you and god bless

  11. Grace Elliot says:

    It never ceases to amaze me how people (and worst of all, those that should inspire) chose to knock other people down! Well done to you for seeing past the short sightedness. Good luck in your writing career – prove that teacher wrong!
    Grace x

  12. Here, here to women writers!! I really enjoyed this stop on the blog tour. Your account of your early relationship with letters and words is delightful.

  13. Paula Renaye says:

    Hi, Tina!
    I enjoyed your post and all the comments here. It’s funny, I never ever considered that I might be an author some day. I’m not sure who I thought wrote books or if they magically appeared or what. Just really never thought about it. And yet, here I am!
    Good to say hello again!
    Paula

  14. Indeed, there are ton of successful women writers. Reading this, it reminded me when I was 15 I was accused of plagiarism and lying when a teacher stumbled on a short story I had written. Her reasoning was because I was so quiet in class, it was impossible I could write such a piece. Wonder of wonders isn’t it? Thank you for joining the blog tour.
    Best wishes – Dora
    http://pandorapoikilos.com

  15. Jim Brandano says:

    Really well written, that teacher was not really a teacher just someone getting paid to be one!!! I love how you incorporated humor into thoughts when you were younger.

  16. I was dissuaded from writing too…I’m glad I got back to my first love – as did you! Aren’t we the lucky ones? 🙂

    • Tina Hoggatt says:

      We are the lucky ones. Coming back from being personally discouraged in writing seems like good practice for the feedback and rejection involved in getting published. There is an art and valor in the dusting off and returning to the work on a regular basis. Thanks for stopping in!

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