What are your obsessions and how do they influence your writing and your writing life? We’ll talk about them on Writing Wednesday for May 20th, 2015 on Twitter at 4 p.m. E.T. Join the conversation by following #LitChat or login to our dedicated channel at Nurph: www.nurph.com/litchat. Robyn McIntyre moderates.Obsessed

Natalie Goldberg said, “Writers end up writing about their obsessions. Things that haunt them; things they can’t forget; stories they carry in their bodies waiting to be released.”

We’ve all had that idea that won’t go away, that character who won’t shut up, that anger that won’t die down, that sorrow that cries for its freedom. For some writers and other creatives, there’s one motif that must be dealt with over and over again until every bit of it is absorbed or had the pain squeezed out of it. Then there are the obsessions that may help us live our writing life: Flannery O’ Connor and birds, Henry Miller and UFOs, and writers obsessed with other writers like Lev Grossman, who is obsessed with Samuel Beckett.

What are your obsessions and how do they influence your writing and your writing life? We’ll talk about them on Writing Wednesday for May 20th, 2015 on Twitter at 4 p.m. E.T. Join the conversation by following #LitChat or log in to our dedicated channel at Nurph: www.nurph.com/litchat. Robyn McIntyre moderates. Follow her on Twitter: @RobynMcIntyre.