I completed a 12 week book called the Artist Way. It required daily morning pages. I spent a lot of time writing about what I wanted to write books on. I came up with at least three pretty solid topics. The great part of writing the morning pages is getting in the habit of writing every day. I bring this up because I had not written for the last four days. It almost drove me crazy. So I did my morning pages this morning. It did not make the day 100% better but it certainly was better than not writing at all.
Journaling, for me, is great. I can put down what is going on with me. I can put my problems down on paper and give them over to my higher power. I can dream, make commitments, explore ideas, gripe about people who are stressing me out. It puts my life in focus for me. Most importantly, it gives me the opportunity to clear my mind so I can write on my novels.
One suggestion I was given was to write a motivational sentence every day for my novel. If I can’t write anything else on my novel, write that one sentence. See, writing a novel is new for me. I don’t have an approved outline of exactly how to write MY novel. I can read a lot of books, and I do. I have looked at how they begin. I haven’t found that first intro so I figured that writing these sentences everyday will help me get started. Now comes the fun part. Writing those sentences.
I tend to procrastinate. This is not necessarily a good thing. I do, fortunately, have a goal. I plan on having a completed manuscript by the end of the year. It will not be perfect. I am expecting some editing. Okay, maybe a lot of editing. But At least I have a goal.
Write On my fellow writers, authors, songwriters.
I come from a very creative family. My sister is a graphic artist. She had a business making and selling deco-glows. She can make jewelry out of almost anything including paper. I have another sister that is an elementary school teacher and can keep kids active with various crafts. She is musically inclined as well. My baby sister is the director of a deaf school in Honduros. She helps teach kids in Spanish and Honduran sign. She is constantly looking for crafts that the parents can do for fundraisers. They are wonderful sisters.
My parents are equally artistic. They have taken stain glass classes and proceeded to do some beautiful peaces. They also took painting classes and have done marvelous paint jobs. Both Grandmothers were painters as is one uncle. I also have an uncle that is a magnificent potter. All of this to say that I thought of myself as the least creative soul on earth.
I did start crocheting at 15, mainly blankets and scarves. I discovered animals about 2 years ago. That was amazing. In my thirties I discovered pottery and again I do great work. I have a Native American flare from my Cherokee grandmother. I love doodling and have started coloring my doodles. Probably not worth a whole lot but it is certainly fun and creative. But there was one dream that remained unfillled.
Growing up I dreamed of being a writer. I am a good poet. I have been since Iwas twelve. I have written short plays for our church Christmas Play for several years. Writing research and thesis papers has always been easy. But when it came to writing that great novel that keeps floating around in my head, it has been hard. I wrote a story about 8 years ago. It was a story that I feel needed to be told. In an attempt to get all the facts in, I realized it became overly technical. It was great for the medical and psychiatric/counseling field but not for the audience I was wanting to reach. The book went into the drawer and never came back out except to be dusted.
So here I am at 52 almost 53 still wanting that 10 year old child’s dream. I want to be that author I have always dreamed of. That book is developing. I am taking notes, doing some research and trying to think of character names. I have decided to fictionalize the novel. I will be writing the book beginning Monday April 29th. This is my goal. I intend to do this step by step. I have no set finish date yet but there is hope for a finish by the end of the year.