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.
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.