Sometimes something happens and I’m inspired to write. I don’t initially react, but the event stays with me, and I react later, the best way I know how, by writing about it. That’s what happened recently when my son and I were out and we heard a mother tell her young daughter to “shut up.” (You can read that essay “7 Reasons Why It’s Not Okay to Tell Your Child to ‘Shut Up’” here.
Other times, I write in response to a particular call for submissions. That’s the case with two recently published anthologies. One of my personal essays was recently published in Tomato Slices — An Anthology of Tomato Stories, Poetry, Art, and Recipes.
And another of my personal essays was published in So Glad They Told Me: Real Women Get Real About Motherhood.
After all, that’s what happens with writers. Nora Ephron has credited her mother as saying “‘Everything is copy; everything is material.” I agree.