The Diary of a Writer is my day to day musings as I work on my creative goals. Unlike my blog postings that have been carefully crafted, this diary will chronicle whatever the heck is on my mind.
May 8, 2018
This weekend I decided to get more serious about finishing my sequel and, in doing so, I had to remove myself from social activities and ignore the distractions. I took time to breath, which I felt like I wasn’t doing much of. And by “breath”, I mean RELAX. With my kids’ sports and our work schedule, my husband and I are always on the go. This constant juggling is the enemy of my writing. It mentally drains me. But not last weekend. I carved out time to write and I was pleasantly surprised at how easy the words appeared. I wrote 1,200 words in no time flat. That doesn’t seem like a lot, but the quantity of my writing comes much harder in fiction writing than it does in nonfiction.
This weekend came with two realizations–(1) how CLOSE I was to actually finishing my sequel. I realized that, if I devoted time every day and/or weekend like I had last weekend, I could finish the first draft within the next two months, if not less.
(2) I realized that I was going through the motions of writing without really believing that I could finish my second book. I am not sure why — I wrote one book, why didn’t I think I could write another? But now, I believe and every day, I will write!!
May 1, 2018
I had a dream several months ago that I quit my job on May 19, 2019 (which — I looked — happens to be a Sunday). The date was so real. I love my job and I am sincerely blessed with the people I work with and the work I get to do, but I admit, the dream was hard to wake up from. My dream consisted of me being successful in my creative pursuits–my book was finished and picked up by a publishing house; my blog was blowing up. I basically got to a position where I could follow (to sound cheesy) my creative bliss.
I am an avid dreamer who often likes to take time in the morning before popping out of bed to replay my dreams. Many ideas have come from my ideas, so I do not take these dreams for granted.
Today is May 1 — a little more than one year from that dreamed-deadline. Let’s see what happens. This is also the year I turn 50, which has really focused me on what I want (and expect to) achieve. Stay tuned. . .