Bing! Bing! Bing! Bing!

I sure wish I could write like that I often think when I feel down on my writing or have read a particularly riveting and clever novel, short story collection, memoir or non-fiction treatise.

The other day a voice came from deep inside of me and said, with just a smidge of exasperation:

You-ou don’t have to write like them-em.  Write like yourself.  They already write like they write.”

Bing! Bing! Bing! Bing!

Clarity.  I’m going to try to remember that.

Write like myself.
Be me.

Thought I’d share the insight.


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About Candelaria Silva

Candelaria Silva-Collins is a marketing, community outreach and programming consultant; writer; and trainer/facilitator who lives in Boston, Massachusetts. She has designed and facilitated workshops on a wide variety of topics including communication, facilitation, job search skills, team building, and parenting issues. She currently coordinates the Community Membership Program of the Huntington Theatre Company. Her work as Director of ACT Roxbury was profiled in several publications, including The Creative Communities Builders Handbook. Candelaria’s children’s stories, short stories, essays and reviews have been published in local and national publications and she is an active blogger. Her publications include the booklets, Handling Rejection; Pushing through Shyness: Networking Tips when You’re Shy, Slow to Warm Up or Just don’t Feel you Belong; and Real Questions about Sex & Relationships for Teens: A Discussion Guide for Parents. She has served on the boards of Goddard College, Wheelock Family Theatre, Boston Foundation for Architecture, and Discover Roxbury. She is currently Chair, Designators of the Henderson Foundation.