Today, the Writer Mama story continues over at Lisa Romeo’s blog, Lisa Romeo Writes.
I haven’t known Lisa for very long but what I like about her is that she is a writer’s writer. What do I mean by that?
A writer’s writer is somebody who ponders the issues that impact writers and shares thoughtfully about them with others.
A writer’s writer is part of the tribe but maintains her individuality, her personal stamp on things, her vantage point.
This ability to be able to be part of and yet maintain a point of view is what gives a writer not just authenticity but also integrity. I think this is especially difficult for women because often in joining in, we have a tendency to give up our individuality. And in some groups, women are not encouraged to maintain their individual voice or opinion.
But writers cannot afford the luxury of giving themselves over to the group mind. You have to have your own take on things even as you participate in groups. You have to have a response that is personal.
If you are a writer, you’d better have an opinion. Even better when it’s a thoughtful opinion.
I often bang the drum of authenticity and integrity but I don’t always have a good example handy to illustrate what I mean.
Lisa Romeo and her blog are a great example. Thanks for setting such a great example, Lisa.
Come on over to Lisa Romeo Writes and see what I’m talking about.