I have a favor to ask. I am working on a special project involving adoption, and am looking for new (honest) perspectives in my research. Would you be willing to share? Of course, I have some writing advice at the end, as always.
Currently, I am looking for thoughts on adoption from any angle… the adopter, the adoptee, the mother choosing adoption as her choice, or the supporting friend, sister, brother, spouse, significant other. Would you be willing to share your experience? The information you disclose wouldn’t need to be long or specific. In fact, it could be only a few words, or a couple of sentences, or even a whole page describing the gist of a situation.
I do not need specifics, as this is all for a poetry project. Abstracts are fine. Everything will be used anonymously, thus no of use names (nor do you need share any). I am looking more for feelings, emotions, and realities. I hope this infers these feelings, emotions, and realities can be positive or negative, and anything in between. I will surely add my thanks to my blog community for sharing their insights as part of my project.
I have been touched by adoption in many ways and have felt compelled to write about this personal topic over the last year or so… but only from my own perspective. I now want to gain the insights and perspectives of others. If you feel you could share a few lines, please do so in the comments below. If you wish to contribute more privately, click the link to my Facebook below, and private message me.
I look forward to hearing from you. And if you know someone else who might be interested in sharing a few words or thoughts on adoption, please forward this post to them. I am excited to reveal my finished project soon. So, in advance, let me express my deepest gratitude. Thank you!
Writing Advice: Make a Splash!
As always, I want to include a little writing advice in every post. Today, I hope you are inspired to look inside you. What might be stirring in there that needs some light? Maybe it’s time to give those thoughts some wings. Or maybe it’s time to get them heaped out onto the paper, so you can burn them, or burry them forever. What might you release by exercising a little brainstorm?
It’s not a new concept. Writers have been using brainstorms to stimulate writing for years. I call it a Word Splash in my classroom. Write down a word (although it could be a phrase or a concept), and circle it, underline it… make it important. Then, like a rock skipping water, let everything about that word or phrase or topic splash out. Scribble down everything that comes to mind, whether you think it relates or not. Write down synonyms, personal connections, names, places, ideas, moments, sensory experiences, anything!
Jot down what makes sense, and even what doesn’t. Because possibly, it’s the in between that’s keeping it hinged in your ribcage.
After the water calms and the ripples fade away, take notice. By now your emotions will be over the hump of their surge… yet still there, quietly awaiting instruction. This is where you begin.
For me, it was the celebration of adoption (the good and the bad). What might it be for you?
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