2017 was a busy year, and I started writing a book. Other than college, I don’t think I have ever read, written or learned so much in such a short amount of time. Self-directed learning is a beautiful thing. I thought writing was pretty straight forward. Step 1) have ideas. Step 2) make time to research and write. Step 3) write the story. Those three steps turned into about six or seven.
I had to learn how to properly structure a story. I needed practice honing my self discipline. Lucky, I have increased my self discipline to write often including when I am tired, sick, or worries about the twenty of tasks on my to do list. In addition, I’ve developed the patience to stay focus on a long term project. It takes numerous hours to write a novel, and before now I’ve never spent so much time on one project.
So, am I a Novelist? Yes. Am I a novel writing expert? No. To be clear, I still look up grammar rules as I write. I frequently refer to a dictionary and thesaurus to help with word choice. I still reread my favorite novels for inspiration. And, I still rely on my daughter’s smiles and my husband’s hugs to see me through the times when I am plagued with self doubt.
I am lucky to have the support of loved ones. All I can do is continue writing. I seek to improve my craft. My hope is that each blog post, short story and novel is better than the one before it.
These days, I am a little more articulate, well read, and sure of myself. I have life experiences to draw from, and a vivid imagination to fill in the gaps. I dream fantastical things, and I want to explore those themes and images further. So I jot them down, and sometimes there are enough sparks to start a fire.
What topic or activity have you taught yourself?
This is a glimpse of my life as a new mom and writer.