I just went to see Present, a new one-man musical story of how T. Mychael Rambo has been “present” in his life. It was wonderful. I came away from the show thinking about one particular thing his grandmother used to tell him: “Whenever a relative dies, a library burns.”
Wow! So true. Everyone of us has a library of stories.
On the last night of my Writing Habit Class, I ask the writers to select a postcard from my quirky postcard collection and write a note encouraging them to keep writing. I mail the postcards a few weeks later so that the writer gets something positive in the mail. Hopefully it helps them keep writing.
Whether you just write for yourself or for publication, it doesn’t matter. What is important is that you write your stories and the stories that call to you. It’s your story. You own it. And no one can tell you how to tell your story.
Write what’s in your heart and there will be someone who will want to hear it. Thinking about whether it matters or not does not get the writing done.
No one can take away the fact that you are a writer. The only one who can do that is you by not writing. Writing is a verb.
Focus on putting the words to paper so the stories don’t disappear.
This weekend I will be at an Autumn Arts Bazaar promoting my Mrs. Claus book. Although this is not my favorite part of the writing process, I know it can be fun. I just have to follow my own advice that I tell myself or my class about get the writing done. Just show up and have fun.
The possibilities are endless if I just show up and smile. I am not trying to impress anyone.
Having no expectations and being open to whatever happens makes this a win -win for me.
My husband follows the same philosophy. He doesn’t put a lot of thought having into a good or bad day and he usually comes away having really good days when many would only see the negative. It’s all about attitude.
I get to share Mrs. Claus, a book I enjoyed writing, and a book that is illustrated by a talented artist who spread the humor of my story of Mrs. Claus in a very effective way.
Imposter syndrome can affect us all if we let it. But the truth is if we write, we are writers.
And If I love what I do then why not share it? The Edison Autumn Makers’ Fair is a community event that supports Edison High School where my son went to high school. I will be among other creative people.
Giving back to my community while having fun and maybe even selling a couple of books makes it all worth it.
Oh and by the way, check out these freebies on my blog site and have some fun putting together gift boxes you can fill with treats for your loved ones! HO! HO! HO!
National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)is upon us.I have challenged myself to write a novel I’ve wanted to write for over 30 years. Maybe longer but whose counting? I am! I’ve waited way too long to get this story together and it’s time to challenge myself and get to it. To quote Anne LaMott,It’s time to write that “Shitty First Draft” so that I can the start to shape it into the story I want to tell before it is way too late.
Think about making your own writing challenges. That means challenges that are right for you.NaNoWriMo is not the only challenge. Challenge yourself to write something you’ve put off and give yourself a time limit.
You don’t need to start in November either.You can start anytime. The challenge does not have to be as large as anovel only enough for you to feel as if you are stretching yourself as a writer.30 days is a good length of time to work with but it is up to you to decide what makes for a good challenge.
Write a poem every day for 30 days
Write one story in 30 days
Write three pages every morning for one month
But you do not have to keep your challenge within a one month time frame.
Think about what Ray Bradbury once said: “Write a short story every week. It’s not possible to write 52 bad short stories in a row.”