How about 20?
Taking a break from writing my YA Paranormal first draft, I hopped over to see what (one of) my fav YA authors was up to. Laurie Halse Anderson focuses more on writing her books, than blog posts, which I truly admire. But, Here’s a post she shared back in September, 2012 that got me thinking.
Yes, I’ve been struggling with my own creativity doubts, droughts and bouts of frustration. Some bouts and droughts last long. Too long. And then, I start to think… “Am I REALLY a writer? Or am I posing as a writer because that’s what everyone THINKS I am?” Have I been at this writing thing too long with not much to show for it? It’s depressing. It’s defeating. Anyone else with me on this?
So, reading Laurie’s post about giving herself 5 years to make a name for herself in writing gave me an idea. What if I started right now? Like, took it seriously. 5 years from now, I can have a book published. 5 years from now, my oldest son will be a freshman in college, my younger guy will be a freshman in high school. They’d both be pretty independent and not need Mom around as much as they do now. I could go on a book tour! Ha! O.K. One.Thing.At.A.Time.
Finish first draft.
Submit my piece to my crit group TODAY. (eek!)
Meet with said crit group on Wednesday.
Critique one more story on CritiqueCircle.com
Complete first draft for Anthology 7 & post on CritiqueCircle.com
Where will you be in 5 years with your writing? With your life?
Written to the musical muse of: A Fine Frenzy – “Almost Lover”
Movie I’m psyched to see: Warm Bodies
Book I’m reading: well, just finished Anne Lamott’s Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith
Found while randomly trolling the internet….
Any of these sites speak to you? Please share! I love to hear what my readers are thinking.
This blog post was written to the musical muse of: Chasing Cars /Snow Patrol
Writing is more than creativity. It’s confidence.
So, I’ve talked about discovering SARK well after her height of popularity. But still, her concepts and inspiration ring true at any time. The magic of an artist’s spirit soars beyond society.
Some SARKisms I jotted down in my notebook:
“I believe we need to go to where we want to be, and the resources will follow us.” ~ SARK, Inspiration Sandwich
WRITE IN COLOR…use a sketch book as a journal and my old scrapbooking markers to journal, make lists, collect quotes and draw/doodle little flowers and random patterns.
INVENT NEW WAYS OF BEING…reflect on how my life has changed since practicing The Year of Nurturing
I HAVE A LOT TO SHARE WITH OTHERS…Writing is therapy – without the appointment
WRITE MY BOOK…only I can :)
What do these concepts mean to you? How can each help to bring your creativity to the forefront of your LIFE??
(a poem a pic a day)
Half pint of dynamite
Sass and spice
Shake him up – watch him blow
His eyes will melt your heart
His words will melt your soul
His giggles will fill you with faith
in beauty and lightness and sprite
He is my writing buddy
He is My Sam <3
*I’m aiming to post a poem and a pic a day for the month of April
NaNo for me was a Big. Fat. Fail.
However, I have been busy and no, not just procrastinating…
First off, I said I was working on a big project. That is still in the development phase, soon-to-be implemented. Stay Tuned! >so excited<
Secondly, I started a little side business. Yes, it’s legal. Sheesh! Ever hear of Team Beachbody? A Beachbody, I do not have. Although, I’m working on it, and helping others achieve their goal of fitness, too. As a writer, I sit most days for, well, all day. No longer, people! I’m up and moving and feeling energetic, positive and sassy (I know, I didn’t help with that last one.) As a Beachbody Coach, I provide motivation, accountability and access to some pretty freakin cool workout programs and nutrition products. And I walk the talk. Interested in learning more? Come check me out: http://beachbodycoach.com/esuite/home/coachmaryjo
Thirdly, and most excitingly, I have negotiated a 4-day work week. SQUEE! (“Think of all the activities we can do – so many activities!”) That’s right, one day a week, I have the solitude and utter bliss of writing, reading and researching ALL DAY Long, or at least till the Junior High bus returns home.
As we move through this wintry and festive month, let’s begin to recall our accomplishments from 2011 and begin thinking of our Theme Word for 2012. (more on this later…)
In the meantime, hit me up! Tell me how NaNo went (or didn’t) for you, what your holiday plans are and how you’re going to stay faithful to your writing goals.
received this in my inbox last night…
“Have you seen the countdown clock on NaNoWriMo lately? The 2011 noveling extravaganza begins in just 13 days!…”
When did that happen?! Fear, panic, regret, excitement, nausea, giddiness, exhaustion, elation…
What are you feeling 13 days out from the BIGGEST. CHALLENGE. You’ll .ever. face?????
*frantically searching for plots, characters, settings, themes, titles – anything, people! Give me something!!*
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