:writing it out:

I can’t remember the first journal I used. It may have been in second or third grade. All I know is once I started, I have never been without one. There have been breaks in my writing, but putting pen to paper is one of the things I do. When the words pounding away in my head get to be too much, I can come here and spill them out onto the page.

I’ve had cheap composition notebooks, fancy hand stitched leather beauties, Moleskines, glittery diaries with a unicorn on the cover and a key to keep my ten year old secrets locked up tight.

Lately, starting my day writing instead of checking Instagram has proved centering. The method is Julia Cameron’s Morning Pages if you want to look it up, but it’s been around for a long time. I had gotten away from journaling first thing in the morning to get sucked up into the internet and see what other people were doing with their mornings.

Now, I don’t think I could start my mornings without my journal, a pen, and a cup of coffee.

Many times, it’s not even what I write.

It’s the act of writing.

The feel of the pen in my hand.

The way the ink stains the smooth surface of the page.

The movement of the pen across the paper.

Sometimes the words are secondary.

:writing pains:


So, one of the souvenirs I brought back from the cruise is a sprained wrist. I’ve had sprains before, but this one has proven to be painful in more than one way.

It is a bad sprain. Probably aggravated from what it was originally by the fact that I did not get it in a brace until I got off the cruise ship.

But what is really hurting is the way this sprain has thrown a wrench into my writing. It hurts to type. These blog posts are just about the limit of what I can do with it, and I am scared to push it much more because I want it to heal fast.

The novel I started in November is still waiting for me to finish it. My plan had been to come back from my vacation and use January to complete the first draft. Just do a single-participant NaNo.

You know what they say about the best laid plans.

I know I can still write it out longhand, but the times I have tried have felt…awkward.

The flow just isn’t there.

I started the draft in Scrivener, and I enjoyed the software enough to buy the full version (with my NaNo winner discount!) I am hoping to be able to get back into it in February. I am not really able to dictate my writing. My hands are my best tools for storytelling.

My plan had been to do 1,500 words daily for January, but now I’m thinking I may need to throttle it back to  750 words in the first week of February and see how that goes.


Since the current theme for this blog seems to revolve around writing, let’s talk a little about fears.

Every writer (and plenty I don’t) have fears about writing: failing, starting, succeeding, repeating, sharing. You name it and I bet we have all felt it.

My personal demon comes in the form of starting the actual writing. I make notes. I outline. I world build. I create teams of characters sketches. When it finally comes time to write, I sit and stare at the page. Sometimes I’ll even make it a few thousands words into the first draft before the Imp starts up.

“This is dumb. No one’s going to want to read this.”

“Who do you think you are? Your not (funny, clever, good enough) to write.”

“Just quit now”

Yeah, all the good stuff. He’s so not cool.

One of the biggest tasks I have ahead of me for NaNoWriMo come November 1st is to tell the Imp to take a hike.

I am equal parts excited and terrified at what’s to come.



I’m in a serious debate with myself as to whether or not to sign up. I attempted to do it once before, but we unexpectedly had to move, so I only got about a week into it before bailing. I still feel bad about that, though it was not through any fault of my own. Life just happens sometimes.

As always, I am doing a bunch of research. Checking out the website, looking at blogs about people’s experiences, checking out YouTube videos and podcasts. The one thing I can say is it will be a challenge. I am used to getting things accomplished, but seldom for myself. Does this fall under the selfish category?

My worry stems for my not knowing what writing a novel will look like for me. Not everyone does well, or puts out their best work, when facing down word counts. I don’t want to just vomit a bunch of words onto the page and end up with a pointless pseudo book. That feels like a waste of time.

I don’t expect to be published. I do expect a worthwhile learning experience. Too many of the NaNoWriMo reviews are littered with stories of one month of intense writing, followed by eleven months of no writing. I do not want that to be me.

I definitely do not think all NaNoWriMo writers produce junk. There are enough books out there, for that not to be the case. Not having a perfect book after thirty days of writing is by no means an excuse for not doing it. I just don’t want to put forth this massive effort and then be too burned out to continue. I suffer from perfectionism, so it may actually be the best reason to do it.

Just like my current commitment to posting on this blog, the strongest reason may be for me to make myself write, everyday, consistently.

:easy is hard:

This is something I tell my kids all the time. I need to tell myself this too.

I’ve committed to blogging like it’s my job (not really my goal here, but that would be sweet!) because I need to do the easy if I want to do the hard. Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying blogging is easier than other types of writing content, but in terms of getting published and putting a part of yourself out there for the world to see? Yeah, hitting the “publish post” button on WordPress is way easier than getting picked up by Random House or the New Yorker. One button and my creation is out in the world.

Just. One. Button.


The point is to hit that button every weekday. To sit down with my computer or my tablet or my phone and exercise my writer’s mind, and then put it out there.

This blog is one of thousands – hundreds of thousands. There is no guarantee anyone is going to read it. I have no formal plans for the content or demographics or anything other than putting myself in the shoes of Writer.

In fact, anyone reading this should be forewarned that the next month may be filled with posts just like this one.

I hope not, but there you go.

:now what?:

It’s been months since I quit FB. I haven’t regretted a moment of it. It has brought down my incidences of redlining into rage headaches significantly. I’ve been knitting a ton, spinning on my gorgeous wheel, and reading books (a pastime sorely missed.)

One of the things I didn’t expect was to be confronted by long forgotten dreams.

Specifically: writing.

Oh, I don’t mean to say I don’t write. I do, almost daily. I’ve kept a journal for almost my entire life.

I’m talking about the vocation of writing. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do and, yet, have been too insecure to do. I have untold manuscripts, ideas, and outlines kicking around in storage, both on my computers and in notebooks. I’ve never finished any of them. I’ve never trusted myself to be good enough to finish any of them.

Hell, this blog is a perfect example of my publishing avoidance.

However, recently, I have come across two books which have re-sparked the idea of writing: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo and The Miracle Morning for Writers by Hal Elrod and Steve Scott (S. J. Scott).


The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up (or the KonMari Method as it is also know) is a decluttering book. The method has really worked for me and I’ll write about it once I am through the whole process. How has a decluttering book sparked my desire to write again? Because I had to go through all my books and papers and ruthlessly get rid of anything that did not “spark joy” as she says. I realized that all of my books on writing and creativity, my manuscripts and my lists of ideas still sparked joy. They reminded me of when I was single and had time to dream and create. Looking at all my “writing collection”, I came to realize I still want to write.

Maybe because I am older, I am a bit less scared about the outcome.


Enter The Miracle Morning for Writers, a book I stumbled across on YouTube. The original is actually the Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod. This other book is a companion written by Steve Scott. I was able to bet a copy of the PDF from http://www.themiraclemorning.com. None of the stuff is really groundbreaking in terms of how to write. What’s great about it is how it shows you how to make the most of your morning and set yourself up to accomplish your goals.

Between these two books and my bullet journal, I’m working on some great things to fill in the vacancy left by facebooking. I’m not really sure what direction my writing will be headed, but I’m committing to writing in this space during the week, for the next thirty days.

To me it sounds a bit lame. I’ve had this blog for years, and I have yet to figure out what to do with it. I may end up letting it go (I know I’ve said this before), but for right now I just want to exercise my get-myself-out-there muscle. This blog has no theme or business plan. I’m not even sure what direction each day, let alone the next month will take it.

I just want to write.