It was Oprah who introduced me to Dani Shapiro. She was on the show talking about her memoir, Devotion
And as I do with many of the books discussed on Super Soul Sunday — I devoured it.
Except after I turned the last page, I wasn’t done.
Shapiro had sparked my curiosity –I wanted to know more!
So I went in search of other books she had written. Still Writing was the one that jumped off the shelf, and into my hands.
It wasn’t the writer in me, craving for more insight into the craft, that grabbed the book.
It was the title — Still Writing –that called my name.
This idea of still at it , is what hooked me.
Perseverance has always been my weak spot (I had to retype the word 5 times for it to show up correctly just now!) in both personal and professional pursuits. When that big barricade of challenge rears it’s menacing face, I’m likely to call it quits (though probably chalk it up to “moving on”).
The nonchalance of Shapiro’s routine response to the cocktail party chatter — Yes, I’m still writing — succinctly says it all. (And I’d love to borrow a page from her book on this!)
Then there’s the other hook in the title that appealed to my inner quest– still writing– connecting to that teeny tiny spot within where the deepest story lies… this is still writing.
Shapiro is a yogi.
And she meditates.
It was inevitable I’d connect to her language.
But when she quoted Martha Graham — I knew she was talking to my people!
Still Writing isn’t only for writers. It’s for anyone on the path of creativity, even as they create their path.
“The writer’s life requires courage, patience, empathy, openness. It requires the ability to be alone with oneself. Gentle with oneself. To be disciplined, and at the same time, take risks.”
Did that spark your curiosity?
Buy the book here.