MY WRITING JOURNEY

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It’s October.  The month of howling things and stuff that goes bump in the night.  I’m stage managing a play called “Sleepy Hollow.”  I live in the Halloween Capitol of the World, right here in downtown Anoka, MN. The skies have been ashen grey for several days and we’re not about to see the sun for a while.  Going from the high 70s with tropical dew points on Monday, and quickly plunging to the 50s and lower is enough to shock anyone’s constitution.  It’s time to heat up the apple cider and hit the worn off keys of my computer’s keyboard.  Writing is a journey and a cold, dreary, dank and depressing day can be turned around instantly when you get in the groove.

There’s been little time to work on my novel, “Until Our Dying Day,” which I believe is done.  The next step is getting a publisher or publishing it myself.  The self publishing scene costs money, and thus I’m working to save enough to do so if the alternative doesn’t happen.

There are times in this journey, when life gets in the way, but reality is the fodder for writing, isn’t it?  Each experience we struggle and plod through, gives us more to write about.  It’s like adding another tool to the tool box.  There are days when I wonder why I am pursuing it.  I wonder if it’s ego or the need for self expression.  Why do writers write?  I guess it’s because we must.

My husband paints every day.  It’s not only to try new techniques or repair some old ones, but it keeps him on top of his game.  A body builder exercises every day to keep his body in shape and strong.  A dancer stretches muscles, twists and turns and dances on a regular basis, in order to maintain her craft.  A musician must practice his instrument often to get the proper sound.  A financial planner must keep up with market trends and investments to bring a profit to his customers.  To be good at something, it takes practice.

My book will be published some day.  Still it sits, untouched now for a month.  I feel somewhat guilty for staying away from it.  It’s almost like an unborn child waiting for its entrance into the world.  You know it’s safe within you, but you still want to see what’s next.  How will people react?  Will they enjoy the humor and tear up at the soft spots?  Will my description of the characters say enough about them?  The fears are endless, but at some point we must let go and let it soar on its own merits.

I write a blog daily.  I try to conceive some new poetry to accompany my husband’s beautiful and inspiring art work.  I stay involved in the theatre community, which energizes me.  I’ve learned to step away from all of it when necessary.  Words are sometimes hard to find, but I’ve never experienced all out writer’s block.  Maybe that’s the answer for all of us.  Even if our words aren’t classically crafted or they don’t make sense, getting something down on paper is critical. We may just be going through the motions of writing, but we may be creating something amazing.

Isn’t that true in all that we set out to do?  Practice, experiment, put words on paper and strive to come up with something that will touch another’s heart.

I write, because I must!

 

 

About atimetoshare.me

As I reach the end of my years, I find I have a lot of good information stored up in this old decrepit mind of mine. If I don't write it all down, it may vanish and no one will have the advantage of my thoughts. This is why this blog exists. I love the Lord, Jesus with all my heart and soul. I know I'm undeserving of all He's done for me, but I also know that His love is beyond my comprehension. I've always wanted to write. I never kept diaries, but tucked my thoughts in my head for future reference. I use them now in creating stories, plays, poetry and my blog. I continue to learn every day. I believe the compilation of our time spent with God will have huge affect on the way we live. I know I'm a sinner and I need a Savior. I have One through Jesus, Christ. My book, "Stages - a memoir," is about the seven stages of life from the perspective of a woman. It addresses all the things girls and women go through in life as they travel it with Jesus, and it is available on Amazon.com.
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10 Responses to MY WRITING JOURNEY

  1. “I write because I must.” Amen, Kathy! We’re funny creatures in that we do create some work of truth and beauty, whether it be writing or painting. We are creators made in the image of our Creator. Animals just don’t do that. They make beaver dams and spider webs, and every now and again someone gets an elephant to paint, but it’s still only people who give birth to our creations.

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    • atimetoshare.me says:

      I’ve been writing since I was a young child. I’m not there yet, but eventually I’ll probably be writing in heaven too, because it’s what I do. Thanks for your words of encouragement.

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  2. I’m currently revising my first book and it seems sometimes I’m blogging about the process rather than actually doing it! Good luck with your own writing journey.

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    • atimetoshare.me says:

      I’ve been doing that too, but I have finished the work. It’s submitting it that’s the problem. Good luck to you as well.

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  3. hatrack4 says:

    Great update on a lot of things. I was just talking to my son last night about Mr. Gumby visiting Dr. Gumby, the brain specialist. “No I’m not the brain specialist. No, yes, yes, I am.” So, I loved the image.

    I wish you the best on the book and you know I will be reading your blog and enjoying the images of your husband’s art. Have fun with your Halloween play.

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  4. I echo IB—writing because we must!!
    and I wish the notion of warm cider was on tap—cold apple juice is more like it because we have hit an all-time record in the Atlanta area…91 days over 90 degrees…aaaaggggghhhhh

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  5. Lifetime Chicago says:

    I write because it is my love since a child. I have self published and not only is the cost high, but you have to market yourself. Sometimes if the book is not coded online correctly, it just doesn’t sell and self publishers don’t help. It is a full-time marketing job on your own. Send to publishers first.

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  6. Salvageable says:

    I am more than content self-publishing through Kindle/Wordpress (accessed through amazon.com). Although they charge for some services, such as editorial assistance, it is possible to get a book out at no cost to yourself. I only pay for the copies that I give away or that I sell at full price, having paid less than half of that price myself. On the other hand, it is true that you have to market the book yourself, something I have not done well to date. But, like you, I write because I must. Maybe some day I’ll be discovered, or maybe I’ll just touch a few lives with my books. Either way is fine. J.

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    • atimetoshare.me says:

      I am exploring that avenue as well. I’m doing this because I know there are problems, challenges and life changing things that draw people into hopelessness and despair. I’m praying that my story will touch a heart or two and give it the rescue necessary for hope. If only on person can benefit another that’s all that matters.

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