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Agents of Ourselves: Part Thirty-One

We had the full complement for last week’s meeting of our writing workshop, Finding Your Voice Yvonne Jones, Laura Staley, Maribel Cardez, Tom Dietzler, and yours truly. Laura was the first to finalize her draft of the story on which we’re collaborating. Maribel told us she’d written then deleted part of her story. And in the ensuing discussion, we came to accept the fact that, at least for most of us, fiction writes itself when it’s ready.

I wrote for most of us because Anthony Trollope, the English novelist (1815 –1882) is reputed to have written every day, even if he didn’t feel like doing it. He’d start at 5:30 in the morning (that’s actually the middle of the night). He’d set his watch nearby. And he’d write 250 words every 15 minutes for three hours, cranking out 10 pages a day. (There are no reports of his contracting carpal tunnel syndrome or of his being shot by his wife, Rose. Neither should be considered out of the question.) But that dude was a freak.

Rather than lashing the Muse to our desks or keeping her in a cage, those of us in our group are quite content to have her visit as she will. As writers, we make the most of our moments of inspiration. We give ourselves permission to make things up and to make believe. And we celebrate every word, every sentence, and every paragraph we’ve written to our own satisfaction.

Write. Celebrate. It’s good for you. If you find your voice through writing, you’ll likely find your agency.

We did.

 

Mark O'Brien
Mark O'Brienhttps://obriencg.com/
I’m a business owner. My company — O’Brien Communications Group (OCG) — is a B2B brand-management and marketing-communication firm that helps companies position their brands effectively and persuasively in industries as diverse as: Insurance, Financial Services, Senior Living, Manufacturing, Construction, and Nonprofit. We do our work so well that seven of the companies (brands) we’ve represented have been acquired by other companies. OCG is different because our business model is different. We don’t bill by the hour or the project. We don’t bill by time or materials. We don’t mark anything up. We don’t take media commissions. We pass through every expense incurred on behalf of our clients at net. We scope the work, price the work, put beginning and end dates on our engagements, and charge flat, consistent fees every month for the terms of the engagements. I’m also a writer by calling and an Irish storyteller by nature. In addition to writing posts for my company’s blog, I’m a frequent publisher on LinkedIn and Medium. And I’ve published three books for children, numerous short stories, and other works, all of which are available on Amazon under my full name, Mark Nelson O’Brien.

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