Diane E Bokor is a deeply rooted Montana transplant who loves to hike, garden and explore new horizons of the mind. She lives in Kalispell with her famous dog, Roscoe.
By Diane E. Bokor
Do I qualify to be in a group called Montana Women Writers?
I am a woman who lives in Montana. I like to write. I was invited to take a seat at the table. I showed up and now I am writing a short piece for the MWW blog. If this piece gets published, I have my answer! I am shy about my writing. I don’t have much confidence — yet. But, thank you, Montana Women Writers for your openness to a shy newbie wannabe like me.
Does everyone start with a vomit draft? I love my fingertips on the keyboard trying to keep up with my bubbling thoughts. It’s a race and a real mess. If I can remember to hit “save” occasionally, the thoughts are captured and the crafting of a piece begins. It feels like good, honest work to change fragmented thoughts into cogent sentences and shape sentences into a well-formed essay. Adding commas and capitals or finding typos is as satisfying as tidying my house with windows open to a fresh Montana breeze. I am always aware of the red pen of my 12th grade English teacher, Miss Basenbach. She was a real hard ass and I am ever grateful.
For my current writing life, my goal is simple: write reflections on the 70 years of this life. I have told my shy writer-self that these reflections are for the benefit of my grandchildren. That is a pure motivation and a target audience that, theoretically, will be automatically appreciative. These current reflections are my heart’s desire, the meaningful purpose of my third act.
When discussion around a writers’ table turns to plot, publication and agents, I merely smile and listen. What could I have to contribute to that discussion? One day, while merely listening, I heard a jokey little comment about “developing professional habits”. It led to the discovery of Turning Pro by Steven Pressfield and that changed everything. A switch got flipped. No more vague daydreaming. I know my purpose. I am developing professional habits. I show up at the keyboard each day (ummm, mostly) and I capture my life stories. I no longer feel like a fraud. I can participate in this blog because of a fresh start.
This newbie can truthfully say she is beginning to be a Montana Woman Writer.