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October 18, 2013

It’s just me…and All Y’all.

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I am so honored to be recently interviewed on Poetic Bloomings, a    gathering of poets I have come to love and admire. You can see my interview here.

The chance to express myself and tell others about my life has prompted me to think a lot in the last week about the ‘community’ writers share.

The camaraderie there is priceless, not to mention free access to our words and stories. I’ve learned so much, and what I’ve learned is much more valuable and meaningful because it comes from friendships.  Not just ‘virtual’ friendships. That’s the magic and beauty of places like Poetic Bloomings, 12×12, Writer’s Retreat, and critique groups.

Social media affords us the connection, but I think writer’s groups are different that most social media groups. In our groups, as writers, we are constantly striving to let ourselves out, to expose our imaginations, ideas, and dreams to one another–through our writing.

People on ordinary social media may comment, but we connect.
They may like, but we listen.
They may friend, but we relate.

We do it all around the passion that drives our community.
We know that to write is “to live outside of ourselves,” and that is wonderfully satisfying.
For both the writer…and the reader.

And the friend.

I hope you have writing communities of your own, in which you can learn, grow, and live.

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. October 18, 2013 4:35 pm

    “People on ordinary social media may comment, but we connect.
    They may like, but we listen.
    They may friend, but we relate.”

    Oh, Damon … this is just wonderful. You are so right! It was a great pleasure interviewing you, and an honor to call you friend.

    Marie Elena

  2. October 29, 2013 5:54 pm

    You write and connect from the heart, Damon and it’s a true blessing to have crossed poetic paths with you. Thank you, for all of your encouragement…it really means a lot to me. 🙂

  3. November 12, 2013 9:55 pm

    Sometimes when I am writing from a prompt that does not lend itself to poetic language, I will write my idea in prose and then figure out a more poetic way to say it. Often I feel I am simply trading paragraphs for stanzas, but putting my prose into poetic form means I whittle it down to as few words as possible.

  4. Christie Wright Wild permalink
    February 15, 2014 9:05 pm

    I love your writing style, Damon. I can tell from simply reading 2-3 of your blog posts that you definitely have a unique voice. I agree about the whole social media thing. Writers really do connect. And thanks for connecting with me.

    • February 15, 2014 11:14 pm

      I am really enjoying this 14:14. I’m so glad I joined the challenge. You are forcing me–okay, encouraging me–to really study the craft, to discover things I already know but just need to verbalize to really ‘know’ them. Thanks Christie, great inspiration.

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