I have been playing hooky from posting. Deliberately so. There has been an expansion in other areas of my creative and professional life which has accompanied the ebb of blogging. A flow of creativity towards novel writing, setting up a new office space, writing and designing inspirational cards and just generally enjoying the glorious summer, have sprung from this brief break.
I took a writing class offered by SARK called Write it Now with SARK (WINS) Just phenomenal. The results with my writing and my life were amazing. I highly recommend it to anyone drawn to pen and paper (or fingers to keys). The support from the community of fellow writers was wonderful. Plus the fact that you get to ask SARK questions and receive support directly from a pure laser beam of love.
I am writing my novel in gathered minutes I gleaned while waiting for my son at the playground or over a morning coffee. So far I have over 3000 words written all from little slivers of time that have become tiny windows into this creative journey I am on with my characters.
The beauty of stepping back from the daily commitment of blogging has been as wonderful a process as the initial process of writing publicly daily. Ultimately both have been about side-stepping the inner critics which stall the flow of words and creative ideas. This is what I learned:
- Make friends with your inner saboteur;
- Fall in love with your own words;
- Open up to the flow of words and let yourself be surprised;
- Appreciation launches dreams, criticism crushes them;
- Be unfailingly devoted to the spirit of the work;
- Be willing to set aside your own need for approval to write that which wishes to be written;
- Give yourself permission to fail, spectacularly;
- Every work has an audience, honour your fans by keeping the pen moving;
- Write from the heart and write often;
- Tiny pieces of time are profound moments of writing.