Saturday, September 29, 2012

Writers4Higher features Gale Massey

 
 
Welcome to Writers4Higher
 
 
The purpose of the Writers4Higher blog: to feature authors in a new light, a fresh look at the way writers use their talents and life energies to uplift humankind. Writers4Higher doesn’t promote religious or political views. Authors are asked to answer three simple questions: simple, yet complex.
 
 
This issue, Writers4Higher features
 
Gale Massey
 
 
Hi, Gale. Welcome to the Writers4Higher family!
 

Tell me about yourself. Your book(s), your life, your inspiration.

 
Writing is alchemy. Not the alchemy of turning elements into gold but a higher form of alchemy; pulling words out of thin air and creating something that connects, heals, and inspires. Stories contain the essential elements of our lives. Once I started writing, putting together words, I began feeling like an alchemist, like I had found my path. Every one of us is wounded somehow and we all look for wholeness. Anais Nin said it clearly, “All of my creation is as effort to weave a web of connection with the world: I am always weaving it because it was once broken.”

My pocket-size book Grief… reminders for healing was a unique experience of taking a painful experience of grief and using it to connect with others. With over 800,000 copies in print, that project was more successful than I ever dreamed it would be.

 
Where do you see your writing taking you in the future?


I’ve won a few awards and I’m successfully placing pieces in journals and newspapers so I hope to continue along those lines. But the most important thing for me right now is to keep putting myself in a position of building my skill. Finding teachers that I sense have compassion and the ability to teach has been a challenge. I’ve learned some tough lessons on that journey but I’ve also found some teachers with big hearts and generous spirits. For the near future I’m focusing on a few short stories and my novel-in-progress, which won the Best of Novel award at Eckerd College Writer’s Conference earlier this year


How do you use your talents/time to help others?


Once I found a mentor who was truly interested in my work and my process I began to understand how important it is for writers to help each other. When I read another writer’s work, I take my time and I read deeply. In workshops, I treat each writer with respect and consider their work carefully. I have a good instinct for story that comes naturally to me. I do it well and I take it seriously because insightful feedback makes the difference between a project that crosses the finish line and one that gets put on the back burner. I believe this is what writers need to do for each other and how we participate in the writing community. It’s how I give back.

 
Would you like to find Gale?
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 Thanks so much, Gale. Tackling grief is so difficult. We appreciate your work!
 
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Rhett DeVane
Fiction with a Southern Twist

 

 

 

1 comment:

  1. I really like the idea that writing is alchemy. It surely is. In fact, when we see our work that way, it becomes larger than we can imagine.

    Malcolm

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