This was one of my mother’s favorite phrases, she would say it to me at the end of almost every phone conversation.
The words are never so imperative as they are now. There are many of us who are still trying to make sense of our new political climate, trying to find where our creativity fits in among the dark cloud hanging over our nation.
As for me, I’ve decided not to write about today. In my work with economics, I am certain that at this point we are unable to pull out of the tailspin in which we find ourselves. Instead, my work is written for the future, for tomorrow, for the young men and women who will have to reckon with the consequences of this administration in the next decade. They will get my energy and time. They will get my wisdom and compassion. They are the muse for my writing.
To accomplish that goal, I am currently working on a short story to submit to the Pearl S. Buck writing contest. I enjoy working on a small project like this, it challenges my editorial eye and allows me to break out of the tediousness of working on a longer manuscript. Writer’s Digest recently posted some good reasons for short story writing as well.
We are not the same nation we were a few months ago. Nor will we be when all is said and done by this current president. But our voices are still important, and will be more so for the generation that follows us. “Keep on keepin’ on,” write a story for them, submit it to a contest, get those creative waters flowing, it is the only thing we can do. But it is empowering.