Laura J.W. Ryan
The act of writing is the best part of being a writer. Pen to paper—I have a permanent callous on the first knuckle of my middle finger from clenching my pen (or pencil) so tight during the hours I spent writing. In all of the creative endeavors that I have accomplished as an artist, the act of putting my thoughts down on paper is (and always has been) very special—it is vital to my creativity to write things down. It doesn’t matter if what I’ve written is any good, it’s just doing it that is important. Even tho’ I struggled with my penmanship in school and goodness knows I really wanted to have nice neat handwriting like the other girls in my class, but being a lefty, I couldn’t manage it to save my life. The side of my hand would be black (or blue depending on the color of the ink) by the end of the day. I used to lay my head down on the desk to hear the sound of the pencil lead scratching on the paper (I still do sometimes!) I always carry around blank books or one of those black and white speckled composition books (salt n’ pepper notebooks) to write down everything that popped into my head—stories, poems, diaries, or just meaningless scribbles about nothing and everything. As much as I adore my laptop and love the whole technology that has made the writing life simpler—I always go back to the basics when I write.