A glimpse behind the curtain...
Jill Di Donato's article Publishing A Book Won't Change Your Life (At Least Not The Way You Think) inspired me to explore the reason why I write. Digging deeply I arrived at one answer...
Do I enjoy listening to it?
No. It hurts. I want it to stop. I spent most of my life looking for some outside force to make it stop. I found it: writing.
I worried that by publishing this article I went too far, exposed too much. But then I read Bella Mahaya Captep's article (Body, Mind & Spirit) The Naked Writer In it, she wrote, You cannot heal what you cannot see... Your negative habits and behavior patterns have their way with you--until you become conscious of them. You must first see them. Once you realize what's going on, they dissolve....If you're a writer wanting to tell your truth, showing up [naked]is a valuable practice.
Sharing my author journey...
Start a project, finish a project, make revisions on a project, send the project to a publisher--repeat.
What's so difficult?
Well, sometimes life--as in there's this interesting literary event that I must attend--and sometimes my muse--as in there's this shiny, new project that I need to start right now--gets in the way. That my friends is what happened this week.
In my defense, (not sure why I feel the need to defend, but I do) I did enter two writing contests this passed week. Great defense. Except that entering contests was my minor goal. My major one was finishing revisions. Um, yeah... And I'm working on them.
Let's see where I am next week, shall we?
Next post: Java Davis' response to my list of interview questions.