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Shaping MemoriesReflections of African American Women Writers$
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Joanne Veal Gabbin

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9781604732740

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781604732740.001.0001

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The Faith Walk of Writing

The Faith Walk of Writing

Connecting Head and Heart

(p.71) The Faith Walk of Writing
Shaping Memories

Marilyn Sanders Mobley

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter describes Marilyn Sanders Mobley’s love for writing, which started when her mother taught her to read and write, and gave her a two-year head start on literacy in the breakfast nook of the kitchen in their Akron, Ohio, home. For Mobley, writing was the magic of the connection between head and heart. Her writing had always impressed adults, especially her parents, and it also impressed her. This was the source of the joy she felt when writing—it was a gift she could give to herself. This chapter also focuses on the times when the magic would disappear, with tremendous self-doubt filling the gap. In the company of other women writers and scholars, Mobley discovered ways of getting the magic back and, in the process, learning something new about the power of the written word.

Keywords:   magic, gift, Marilyn Sanders Mobley, self-doubt, women writers, written word

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