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.W.o.W. #5

T.J. Butler

What period of your life do you find you write about most often? 

I write about my childhood and my 20s most often. Although I write short fiction, my past has provided a wealth of inspiration. I typically write about strong female characters who are disadvantaged by their past, their upbringing, or the choices they've made. Since this describes my childhood and my 20s, I have plenty of life experience to draw from.

Where do you normally find yourself writing?

I live on a sailboat so I do most of my writing while floating on the Chesapeake Bay. 

What does your inner writing voice tell you?

I often have anxiety about my writing, and lately, Impostor Syndrome. I can usually talk myself down from the ledge, but it's always hard for me to enjoy my successes without coming up with reasons why I was not really successful or why something was a flop and nobody noticed but me.

T.J. was one of the wonderful authors from Yellow Arrow Journal’s Vol. IV, no. 1 Doubt. You can find more about her at https://tjbutlerauthor.com/ or follow her on Twitter @AGalWithNoName. Look for her book of short stories A Flame on the Ocean in the near future!

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.W.o.W. #4

Jenny Fraser

Who is your greatest writing influence?

I think a lot about my ancestors and try to consider their viewpoints now, and try to voice that in the best way I can. Some of the old people survived harsh conditions on the frontier and were denied a lot, but they still managed to maintain their own happiness.

Where do you normally find yourself writing?

I normally find myself writing the most when I have created my own writer-in-residence situation and isolated myself far away from distractions like the internet.

What does your inner writing voice tell you?

We have to use our gifts.

Jenny joined the Yellow Arrow family from Queensland, Australia. You can see more about Jenny in Yellow Arrow Journal’s Vol. IV, No. 2 Freedom. Visit her at www.cybertribe.culture2.org/jennyfraser/.

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.W.o.W. #3

Betsy Housten

How did you first publish your writing and what was it?

The first writing I published was in a zine of poems I made in my early twenties. I went on to publish about 15 more zines over the next 15 years, occasionally sending writing to friends' zines too, until I decided to pursue my MFA in poetry and put an end to that era. My first paid piece of writing was a fun piece for Little Red Tarot called "The Astrology of Buffy the Vampire Slayer," about which I'll always be tickled.

What word do you find yourself using most often in your writing?

 Blood. I'm a massage therapist and I'm fascinated with bodies, and I'm constantly trying to find different ways to talk about blood without being repetitive.

What does your inner writing voice tell you?

 To avoid stagnation by always trying new things—new forms, new styles, new subjects, new approaches.

You can see Betsy’s writing in Yellow Arrow Journal’s Vol. IV, No. 2 Freedom. Visit her at betsyhoustenwrites.com.

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.W.o.W. #2

Linda M. Crate

Describe an early experience where you learned that language has power

Music taught me that words have power. If a song can make me have goosebumps and a visceral response then I know it is powerful.

How did you first publish your writing and what was it?

I kept pushing my writing. I just kept tossing my work out there. My first accepted piece was a horror short story, and my first published pieces were in a now defunct journal that was very warm and welcoming to me – which encouraged me to go on. Because not every editor is always the kindest.

What does your inner writing voice tell you?

That I am strong, that I am powerful, that I matter, and people often underestimate me and my worth. It also convinces me to keep going when I don’t always feel like doing so.

You can see Linda’s writing in Yellow Arrow Journal Vol. III Courage and Vol. IV, No. 2 Freedom.

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.W.o.W. #1

Gwen Van Velsor

If you didn’t write, what would you do?

I would probably paint. I love watercolors but rarely use them because I almost always put writing first.

What is a good writing habit you have picked up?

Writing morning pages, which is an idea created by Julia Cameron (The Artist’s Way). The idea is to get in the habit of writing three pages by hand in the morning before doing anything else. It works.

What does your inner writing voice tell you?

My inner writing voice tells me not to be afraid. It tells me to listen and to trust that what makes it on the page is what is meant to be on the page. My inner writing voice reminds me that this practice of writing is not that serious, to write what I want because, why not?