The moment when …

Last night I read a blog by one of my new favorites, Kristen Lamb -her heart for writers astounds me and gives me so much hope. Her post was about NaNoWriMo and though this wasn’t the first time I have heard of it, it was the first one that had come around since I’ve been actively engaged in the writing world. Her post highlighted what a great opportunity it is to just have fun writing and meet others that want to do the same.

My initial thought was: Novemeber=Thanksgiving= family, loads of housework, recitals, and Christmas productions to be practiced and even worse, shopping to be done. Aside from homeschooling my kids, working on all the above things, normal daily life and the work that’s being done on my novel ‘Rough Edges,’ I immediately thought that I would never have time for this. Besides, I don’t have another story I want to write that doesn’t involve my ‘Rough Edges’ characters.

Then creativity took over. I went to bed and the lightbulb went on. One concept that had occurred to me months ago popped back into my mind and I was hit. An entire story played out in my head. I couldn’t write down my ideas fast enough, but first I looked up NaNoWriMo and read the rules and what needed and took the steps to get started. Then, I did what Kristen recommended and instead of writing off the top of my head. I spent time developing characters and timelines first and thought, ‘This is brilliant!’ I had outlined other manuscripts before but never to this detail and I am so excited to see how this story shows up! It’s almost like having a cheat sheet on my characters!

November 1st cannot come fast enough. I don’t know if I will make the deadline, but I look forward to the challenge. The major reason I look forward to this is getting away to the characters that I have spent WAY too much time with for the last several years. It’s time to give ‘Rough Edges’ a break and come back with fresh eyes. I will still be working on it with my editor because I don’t want to lose momentum, but this idea has reignited my love of writing that this publishing/editing process has all but squelched.

I’d love to hear from those who are and are not participating. Why and why not? Nonetheless, remember we do what we love and love what we do.  Always go back to your first love. Writing.

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Having done all … STAND

I have disappeared from the blogosphere for a little while, not for any special reason but mostly because I have been working on my second women’s fiction novel. The first one is still in an endless cycle of editing, my frienditors (friend editors -my new word) with editing backgrounds have been assisting me, although it seems that life gets busy and my project gets dropped and I am back searching for someone with the knowledge I need to help get this book published! Anyhow, I’ve been reading about social media and advertising in an effort to not only survive this process but to thrive. I am the kind of person that wants to do everything I do well and this marketing thing is so far beyond me that I am reluctant to even touch it even though I know it’s the best way for me to share my work with the world.

What I have learned in the past year is that; one: writing the book is easy.

Two: Finding vanity publishers and people that “want” to help is easy, sifting through and finding anyone credible IS the hard part.

Three: There is  a vast community of people like me out there and they are pretty much the coolest people I’ve ever seen! I’ve searched for nearly a year to find the people I need to not only get me on the right track but offer some sense in a world so full of essentially meaningless information that I cringe upon googling anything knowing that I am about to be pelted with more information that I can possibly consume, much less anything that will actually benefit me.

Anyhow, this post isn’t to offer any huge amount of guidance but encouragement. I am reminded of this time and time again, not only in my writing but when I can’t figure out how to teach one of my children, or if potty training will ever happen, or even when the bills are due and there is no money. I know that I have put the best of me into all of my work and there is nothing left to do but stand. It’s the hardest thing to do, I want to push harder, blog/tweet/whatever more but most of the time, the best thing to do it wait. Wait for the right person to point you in the right direction. Wait for the child to mature enough to get it. Let’s face it, sometimes we’re not as ready as we want to be to be pushed over the edge. Sometimes we are the stubborn child clinging to the diapers they’ve had all their lives unable to let go of that security and face the world in big girl undies.

Most of my references go back to motherhood because it’s what I have experience in. It is by far the most challenging but rewarding job I have ever taken on. Nothing in my life has ever pushed me so much, out of my comfort zone and sometimes out of my mind … but it’s the love between my children and me  (and my writing) that I cannot quite comprehend that keeps me going and it is a never ending opportunity to learn and grow.  In all my research I have also learned that I need to stop worrying so much about having the perfect thing to say and acknowledge that I, along with anyone reading this, are human and with that come imperfections so I am going to try to bring out ‘me’ more and quiet the doubting voices in my head.

So whether it is a stubborn toddler, a new move or change in any area of life. Security is security, whether it’s a binky or that terrifying ‘publish’ button, there is a moment when we’ll be ready to take the plunge. Until then, we stand.