Today's post has three parts: an answer to the question "What does writing mean to you?", a link to a writing contest and a book giveaway!
What does writing mean to you?
I asked the question—"What does writing mean to you?"— and Terese Mason Pierre answered. Terese is a writer, poet, student, musician, and member of the Editorial Youth Advisory Board for the Toronto Public Library's Young Voices magazine.
To a humble university student in a sea of rough lawns and Neo-Gothic labyrinths, writing is an escape. For a few hours, I can empty my mind of essays, research and lectures, and instead fill it with the idiosyncrasies of my characters, the vivid canvas of my setting, and the ever-forking track of my plot, however unfinished these elements may be. In writing, I find a purpose that surmounts external loci, the fly-by-night job market and resume padding. In writing, I find an opportunity to be a creator, a controller, an explorer—to invent universes of my fiat via channels in my brain I am not yet educated enough to comprehend.
Furthermore, in writing, I find a mirror—through my works, I see revealed aspects of my own comprehensive moral doctrine, my own anima, that other spheres in my life had either left clouded, limited or discarded. Thus, in writing, I find a medium through which I express myself and my goals. Unlike beauty, I can unabashedly and unquestioningly call myself a writer, and I feel comfortable in my conscious competence. Through my writing, I aim to educate and evoke others around me, and I will continue to seek opportunities to better my craft. Indeed, writing is so much more than putting pen to paper, or fingertips to keyboard. To me, writing means a particular way of life—if I am not writing, I am not living.
—Terese Mason Pierre
The Ontario Writers' Conference Story Starters Contest
There's still time for you to enter the Ontario Writers' Conference November Story Starter Contest. Just head over to the entry page, use the posted image as inspiration to start your story, enter 100 words and you're in! Your entry can be prose, poetry, haiku...whatever grabs you. No entry fee. Details and entry here.
Today, I'm giving away TWO books!
The first is Extraordinary Means by Robyn Schneider.
The second is 99 Days by Katie Cotugno.
To enter to win one of the books, just post a comment discussing Terese's thoughts on what writing means to her and/or your thoughts on what writing means to you. There will be two (2) random commenters chosen to win!
1. To enter, just leave a comment with your thoughts on what writing means to you.
2. You must live in Toronto to win this contest.
3. You must provide a valid e-mail address so you can be contacted if you win a prize, and you must be able to come to a TPL branch to pick up your prize (see privacy statement below for more information).
4. One entry per person per Contest - you can leave more than one comment, but only your first comment will count as a contest entry.
5. Contest ends Thursday November 26, 2015 at 11:59 pm.
6. Winner will be contacted on the following Friday.
Personal information on this form is collected under the authority of the Public Libraries Act, s.20 (a) and (d) and will be used to administer the Library's TPL Teens contest. Questions about the collection or management of personal information should be directed to library manager Jayne Delbeek-Eksteins- 416-396-8858.
Thinking of submitting your work to me for feedback? Contact info and details here.