Write What You Know

by Cynthia Wands

I have taken some writing classes that have pointed the way to “write what you know”, “write with your authentic voice”,  or “write what you feel”.

I stopped writing plays and novels and stories in February when I was diagnosed with breast cancer.

That wasn’t the “write what you know” that I intended.

I started writing a blog about cancer. But its far away and less about other people and ideas and plays – than about me. It doesn’t even seem dramatic.  It’s more of a conveyor belt.

Now my life has two people in my household with cancer, and writing seems….more about taking the steps to finding a way through it.

I’m more than halfway through my chemotherapy, then I have 5-7 weeks of radiation.  Then, maybe, later, I will get to have hair again. Having loved the script “Wit” (about a woman fighting cancer, chemo and being bald), I thought being bald might make me look…smarter? More intellectual.  More like a playwright. Instead, I do rather resemble a human light bulb. Or a large hard boiled egg. Or more accurately, Uncle Festus from “The Addams Family”. Not that much more like a playwright.

But I’ve changed, and I don’t quite know how I will write with that.  I wasn’t sure I should about that here. But it’s what I know to be true.

I will say that I am, more than ever, interested in the stories from women.  And that’s why I wrote this. Please keep writing.

March 31 2014 Two Nudes Mirror 1















4 Comments

  • By Nancy Beverly, June 30, 2014 @ 9:57 pm

    I love this post — touching, funny, to the point. Keep writing 🙂 And we will, too.

  • By jenniewebb, June 30, 2014 @ 10:50 pm

    Yep yep – I’ll keep on as long as you inspire me and kick me in the ass, Cynthia.

  • By Brigid Amos, July 1, 2014 @ 12:02 pm

    You may think that what you are writing now is not about other people, but it is. Others going through cancer treatment will see their own situation in your writing and will know that they are not alone.

  • By Robin Byrd, July 2, 2014 @ 9:38 am

    Cynthia — I love this. I love your voice… Thank you. Thanks for writing through it and for encouraging us to continue…

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