I am learning a lot about myself through this writing process. I’ve discovered that I’m very goal oriented when I put my mind to it. I’m also realizing that some of the things I write are totally off the wall and out of character for me. Is that normal?
This week I took someone’s suggestion and let the novel lay for a while. For three months I’ve been at it every day. It consumed a greater part of my time, which was OK, because at the moment I have a lot of that commodity. Soon things will pick up again as rehearsals begin next week for a show I’m performing in July. During this time of letting things rest temporarily, I’ve been exploring different possibilities for publishing my masterpiece. I have received a few suggestions on that, but seem to get more and more confused as to what’s best.
I’m sure every writer is convinced that their work is great. I’m not there yet. I have been through the book so many times, that I often forget where I am and lose chunks of time and chronological order. That’s another reason I had to set myself apart from it for a while. In the meantime, I’ve sent the manuscript to my sister in Tennessee. She will give me her honest opinion, I hope. One reason for sending it to her was to make sure I didn’t lose it again. She is the only one I trust to read it at the moment, because she also has encouraged me to follow this path all my life.
There is a feeling of accomplishment with each step of the writing journey. The final goal is to get it into print so people can read it. I try not to get hung up on grammar and all its rules. I try to write dialogue as it would be spoken. Yet there are so many things I’m probably doing wrong, but maybe doing it wrong isn’t wrong at all.
I have a group of friends I meet each week and they’ve done a tremendous amount of encouraging. They are my powerhouse of motivation. That and the fact that I’d really like to succeed at this writing stuff. So stay tuned. Please feel free to share your own journey. I need all the help I can get.