A Voice of a Strong Woman

For my next writing project, I set out to look for inspiration. I indulged myself in others’ great work. I read, watched, and listened. Anxious People. The Memoirs of a Geisha. The Titanic. Start-up. Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha. Project Hail Mary. Why did I cry? What got me in the heart?

I also looked to masters of creative and fiction writing. In her Master Class, Margaret Atwood said that a novel might start with just a character’s voice. Amy Tan said that real people and events inspired her stories in her class.

Bingo. I have that—the voice of a strong woman. I see my grandmother. I hang on to that. It’s the only thing I have. Then fragments of her past and stories appeared in my mind. Struggles and conflicts. Love and disappointment. From youth to old age.

I started writing, just typing mindlessly, letting that voice leads the way and seeing how this story unfolds.

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