To begin exploring identity issues, consider a simple list poem known as “Where I’m From” or “I Am From.” As you remember people and places, smells and sounds, you start to see what shaped you and formed your values and beliefs.
The more deeply you know yourself, the more you are equipped to say what you alone can say, in a voice uniquely yours. You bring your perspective, point of view, background, stories, and passions to your work, offering a window into your corner of the world.
It’s writing to connect.
Whether with one person, or ten, or ten thousand, a writer builds bridges through stories and observations, ideas and interviews. Writers create connections. And connections can bring about change.
This podcast episode, the last in our four-part writing coach series—originally recorded and published in July 2016 with the title “Your Writing Can Change the World.”—offers a simple exercise to help you know yourself better. If you write one, publish it somewhere—on Google+, Facebook (mark it “public”), or at your website—and link to it in the comments. We’d love to learn where you’re from.
Click on the podcast player below and listen to this short episode (7:29), re-released especially for you here at Tweetspeak, from your own writing coach, encouraging you to do the work of a writer.
Writing to Change the World, by Mary Pipher
Original “Where I’m From” poem, by George Ella Lyon
Photo by Sharon Mollerus, Creative Commons license via Flickr. Post by Ann Kroeker, podcaster, Tweetspeak editor, writing coach, and co-author of On Being a Writer: 12 Simple Habits for a Writing Life that Lasts.
Is your writing life all it can be?
Let this book act as your personal coach, to explore the writing life you already have and the writing life you wish for, and close the gap between the two.
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