The Writing Life

images-2.jpegWriting keeps me afloat.

Writing keeps me sane.

Writing keeps me warm on a cold day. What does that mean exactly?

It gives me hope.

I’ve written all my life. When my mother locked me in my room in the attic like a jail cell, I wrote. Poems mostly. Couldn’t have been more than 7 or 8 figuring they were useless and lost, until years later, when my dad died of alcoholism.

After the hospital gave me his personal effects, there in his wallet tied with string, was a little couplet I penned called…He. The ink had run, the edges frayed, but there I was, published in his billfold.

Paul Auster said, “becoming a writer is not a career decision like becoming a doctor or a policeman. You don’t choose it so much as get chosen.” I understand this since, I have little choice but to write.

My blog has been a gift since, it gives me a place to be when I can’t be anywhere else. It’s like the gym…you can work out on the page, keeping your writing muscle taut.

I try not to judge what appears especially when tears transform into words. Meeting your feelings head on, writing them down is freeing. You shed that skin you’ve been so uncomfortable in, allowing you to move forward.

I’m inspired by the blogs I read, and grateful for the handful of readers I have.

I’m also sparked by writers long gone who encourage and teach from the ether, like Carrie Fisher who said,

Take Your Broken Heart and Turn It Into Art.

I just spent the week with Hemingway and already have slimmed down my prose, making it clearer, less flowery, and of course Kurt has me pruning those adverbs.

I’ve been working on something, worried what’s going to happen next, but then remember E.L. Doctorow’s quote:

It’s like driving a car at night. You never see further than your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.

Writing keeps me afloat.

Writing keeps me sane.

Writing keeps me warm on a cold day.Β  images-1.jpeg



About Susannah Bianchi

I'm just a girl who likes to write slightly on slant. I've had a career in fashion, dabbled in film and to be honest, I don't like talking about myself. Now my posts are another matter so I will let them speak for themselves. My eBooks, A New York Diary, Model Behavior: Friends For Life and Notes From A Working Cat can be found on Thanks.
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61 Responses to The Writing Life

  1. skinnyuz2b says:

    Susannah, I love the quote by Doctorow. Thank you for sharing so many gems with us. And thank you for sharing your feelings, insights, and observations. I enjoy your blog so much.

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  2. aFrankAngle says:

    Not surprised, but this is a wonderful, personal tribute to writing as an art. So have stated many good reasons about the importance of writing. As I’ve said before, I love your writing – so much so, I smile when receiving a new-post notification.

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  3. Sorryless says:

    There is a prowess to your pen that goes full bloom when you get going on a thought or a moment. I’m often overcome with this feeling, it’s much like that of a child who’s taking a car ride to a new and exciting place; the scenes unfolding inside moving windows. It’s a wonderful peace afforded me when I read you. Thank you for that.

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  4. That is so touching that your dad had one of your poems in his wallet.

    I resonate with this post. You put into words the way writing works in my life. I don’t choose to write. I am compelled to let words flow through my fingers.

    When we lived in England, I wrote a letter a week to John’s parents and mine. I was totally surprised to find out my mom used those letters for her book club program. I still hug that to my heart.

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  5. You express my feelings about writing exactly. Well done.

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  6. Dale says:

    This is you, writing at your best, Susannah. Straight from your heart to the page, in beautiful prose. I love that you discovered your father kept that one frayed poem. Gave me a clench in my heart.
    Keep on writing (I know, you can’t stop) and I’ll keep on reading.

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  7. Gail says:

    Your writing does something else. It makes your readers smile.

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  8. I love this, Susannah, especially the part about your dad keeping your writing in his wallet. That means a lot. Another good thing about the blog is that people can connect through writing and share parts of themselves with people all around the world. Thanks for sharing so much.

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  9. Patricia says:

    You put all of yourself into your writing and you shine brightly. I always look forward to what you have to say. So sweet that your father kept one of your poems in his pocket. You were very special to him and he obviously loved you.

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    • That is a lump in your throat tale, I’ll admit. He was such a broken man, alcoholism claiming him before he was 50. It took me years to learn, it’s a sickness, not a mere indulgence. Thanks, as always.


  10. I am not a “simply have-to” writer, but when I do write, for that time, I am a “must” writer. What that has entailed over the years has led to a small successful writing career (mostly, with no pay, but there was some), publication in 4 story collection, 2 books self-published on Amazon, 1 book on Amazon under pseudo name, and a 1100+ postings in my blog (just having begun my 11th year.
    I am satisfied and happy…until I am not.
    PS- I know I said it before, but your book about you and 2 models was truly enjoyed by this someone.

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  11. V Ramasamy says:

    Very nice article. I thoroughly enjoyed.

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  13. I like your image of being present on the page when you’re cold on a winter day…time to warm up on the page. Nice.

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  14. sangita2020 says:

    I love writing too. It makes your mind free.

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  15. fizzyowl says:

    Really lovely piece. Thanks x

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  17. Yolanda says:

    Thank you, Susannah, for trusting us with this. I’m sorry that your life had to be so hard so early. I’m glad you write, and I enjoy your list of reasons for writing filtered throughout this post. Over at, I recently wrote and article wrestling with the reasons I don’t write. I wonder what your response would be to that article. (

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  18. Rajveer Nair says:

    Very nicely written, I enjoyed reading it. If you want to read some poems about nature, check out my blog-
    And keep up the good work


  19. This is beautiful and inspirational.


  20. After reading this I have just few words for you: Beautiful, Heart touching and deeply inspirational.

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  21. It is as though you had been reading my thoughts when you wrote this! It is a place I go daily to find peace within myself and joy with others.


  22. I really felt this on a personal level! Writing is just a very well needed escape from the reality for me. And I really wish that I could make it a more important part of my everyday life – now it gets pushed behind by other things and priorities way too often. Thanks for sharing this beautiful piece of writing!

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  23. Really felt you on the heart-wrenching moments there.

    Writing keeps me sane too, but sometimes it’s also the source of my frustrations. Anyway, do keep writing, and wishing you all the best.

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    • You too Stuart. Just remember, every writer from Dickens to Dinesen, Hemingway to Patti Smith have all felt frustrated from time to time. All writers share the same woes and feelings. You just sit down and start again. Always remember how blessed we are to love it so. Thank you. Susannah


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