WILMINGTON, MA — Below are five quick questions with Wilmington writer C.V. Blaisdell.
Blaisdell is a member of one of the Wilmington Memorial Library’s writing groups. Blaisdell contributed to the groups’ brand new anthology, “The Writers Next Door.”
A book launch event is taking place on Monday, August 20 at 7pm at the Wilmington Memorial Library. At the launch, the book’s writers will participate in a panel discussion and a book selling/signing. Refreshments will be served. All proceeds from book sales will be donated to Friends of the Library.
#1) What is the story you contributed to the anthology called? What is it about? Why did you write it?
I contributed 3 poems centered around the theme of motherhood: Motherhood at Midlife, I Woke You, and Sweeping Changes. I wrote them at different stages in my journey as a mother of four.
#2) Why did you join the library’s Writing Group? Do you find it beneficial?
I joined the writing group for the opportunity to receive feedback for my works in progress and for motivation. It’s not as easy to put off what you want to write when you have a deadline and a group of people who want to read what you’ve written. Writing has become more of a priority for me since becoming an empty-nester and belonging to a writing group helps me to set goals and to try my hand at new styles of writing. It’s also taught me how to take constructive criticism and use it to improve my writing skills.
#3) Have you written anything else outside the group? Where can my readers find your other works?
I’ve been writing poetry for years. I actually won a few Wilmington Library poetry contests in past years. One of my poems was chosen to be included at the beginning of the Wilmington Family Cookbook, published in 2004. I started blogging in 2011 at womanwifemotherchildchapter3.wordpress.com, but now have a brand new website at cvblaisdell.com
#4) What advice would you give to other aspiring Wilmington writers?
The advice I’d give to others is the advice I give to myself. If you want to write, then write. Don’t just talk about it or think about it or wish you had the time. If you want to write, find the time to make it a habit. And join a writing group!
#5) What are you looking forward to the most regarding the Book Launch Event on August 20?
I’m looking forward to seeing the culmination of a year’s worth of work—to stand (or sit) with other writers and celebrate our accomplishment.
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