Monday, August 2, 2010

work in progress

My blog is still a work in progress.  Heck, my life is still a work in progress! 

I have big plans for this blog--many cool things I hope to add.  Like readers, for example.  ;)  At any rate, it at least helps me to be semi-consistant in my writing. That in and of itself is important to me.

I've always been a writer.  Journals have been kept since I called them "diaries"  and they came with a kitty picture on the front and a lock that never actually worked all that well.  I've written stories, poems, snippets about life and things I find comical.  I've written about incidents so personal or so overwhelming (sometimes both) that they will never see the light of day.  I've written to find myself and also to get lost somewhere (anywhere) other than my real world.  Writing has been a constant, although I haven't always been consistant. 

What I haven't done before is to complete a novel.  And that is a challenge I would dearly love to take on and actually complete.  Definitely on my bucket list.

Over the course of the past 6 months I've had some occasions to believe that God is perhaps thumping me on the head and telling me to get on with it already.  That it's time to quit talking about writing a novel and just do it.  To throw caution to the wind and carve out some time from my already hectic with no respite in sight schedule and step out on faith that it will all work out.  No promises of publishing, just promises to myself of completion and honing the craft.

I don't know about you, but when I don't listen the first time, the thumps to the head get harder and more difficult to ignore.  And opportunities begin to present themselves. 

No more excuses.  It's time.

So, I've joined a writer's group----small but local so I'm able to meet without taking to much time away from the kiddos---and I've received encouragement from some amazing authors whom I have been privileged to meet because of the fabulous Lone Star committee dinners and parties I've been able to attend. 

I've had friends with similar interests email special tidbits of inspiration.  I've decided to attempt NaNoWriMo in November, and ran across a new challenge (well, new to me) on the ever-amazing Laurie Halse Anderson's blog yesterday--WFMAD--it involves writing just 15 minutes a day.  I can do this.

I'll keep you posted on my writing...and I'd love to hear from others who have the same goals.  Follow the links to the challenges (or create your own!) and join in on the writing fun.

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