I designed this blog as a way to document my journey from dreaming about writing a novel to actually writing it.
I am sure many of you can empathize with those moments when, by chance, the story that has been living in your head for years comes up in casual conversation. You may say something to the effect of, “The story I want to write…” pause, then continue sheepishly, “well, you know, like we all have that story we want to write…” We know we are not unique in this regard. Most of us readers are aspiring authors, but we are not necessarily writers, because writers, well, writers write. So, it is embarrassing when we talk about our “book,” because it seems silly to talk about a book that will never get written.
Well, I’m tired of that feeling, so this is my attempt to do something about it.
My story is probably very similar to so many other “aspiring authors.” I wrote all the time in middle school and even into high school, but somewhere along the way I got sidetracked without realizing it. Sidetracked with things like successfully graduating from college, maintaining a job, getting married, and in my case, spending ten years muddling my way through graduate school. You know, life. Sometimes I look back on the past twenty or so years and part of me wishes that I been tenacious with my writing, but I know that how I spent those years has no bearing on what I can accomplish with the next twenty years. And realistically, if I had devoted myself to maintaining my creative writing during that time, I may not have moved to Chile, I may not have met my husband and I may have never made it to grad school at all.
Everyone, from each middle-school student to each 90-year-old grandparent, has a plethora of experiences from which to draw when writing creatively. For me, the past twenty years has been just that: experiences that have provided a unique palette that will shade my writing.
Now is the time. Now is when I make it happen. The particulars of this making-it-happen are not, as of yet, entirely clear to me, but that is what I intend to share with you as I discover them.
So, welcome to my writing blog. I hope something I have to say helps you in your own writing journey. And remember: TWADDLE – “better far write twaddle…than nothing at all.”