It’s not talked about much, but many of our best female writers are suspected to be fellow infertiles. From Isaak Dinesen to George Eliot, Dorothy Parker to Mary Shelley, who we know had a life-threatening miscarriage and lost her son at the age of three: these great writers were “our people”. They were able to create sustaining works of literature and channel pain into their art.
All you have to do is look through the roster of ALI bloggers to realize that we have some serious talent among us. Three bloggers tower over us all: Mel (the bestselling author!) and Keiko has some top secret project in the works. Calliope has begun work on a memoir about care taking for her grandmother.
These projects are documented. But I suspect there are many others of us who have a few chapters of a thriller or graphic novel, a book of poetry, a children’s book. A cookbook.
I need a greater push into the arena of publishing, and I think others would too.
What if we were to begin a virtual workshop where we critiqued and helped other writers refine their projects into what they are after. I’m happy to play facilitator and match up groups. I’d love it if by the end of the year we could get at least a few finished work with contracts signed.
The more books by the ALI community, the greater the message gets out. Plus, a nice boost of accomplishment for us all wouldn’t go amiss.
So what do you think? Are you interested in writing a book, from the Great American Novel to poetry to genre fiction? Would you welcome a support society? What questions do you have about how the project would work? Just to specify, you don’t need to write about infertility.
So, are you in?!?!? Or is this going to be one of the dreaded zero comment posts?