Friday, January 22, 2010


Hello friends!
Firstly...THANK YOU to those of you who have been leaving comments! I know there are a lot more people visiting than those leaving comments and I am really thankful for the new visitors. I feel truly humbled that you have stopped by this blog. Please however leave a comment! - it is enormously encouraging to know how people are reacting to my writing, so please don't hesitate....just say it!!!

I especially appreciate "Anne's" comment to my very first post.

"In Ireland, there is a poster with about eleven photographs of famous male writers, only one female writer and the reason is TIME - not an absence of FEMALE WRITING TALENT those eleven males had a woman doing the sort of jobs that started to nag at you this morning. Remember to put aside at least two hours each day for your writing; from what you have written and the way you are being inspired you have the talent, take time to write each day.
Anne Byrne, Dublin"

Thank you so much for your comment, Anne! Two things stand out for me:

1. I must give my venture PRIORITY!
2. I must build a ROUTINE to give it priority...and stick to it!

Thank you, have no idea how helpful and encouraging this is!
Writing my book is most certainly becoming a FLOATING JOURNEY and that is my theme for today's post!

Like the bubbles in the picture above, ideas come and go. They are all part of the bigger picture, but sometimes they burst and I have to start again or rethink my direction.

Last evening I decided to share the story which I had spent time on yesterday. Luckily I have at least two very supportive members in this household and they gathered around to listen. I didn't read my story to them, but rather TOLD it to them. I found myself choosing my words really carefully, building in silences and pauses and delivering pertinent statements at the precise moment for maximum effect.

For the first time since I have started writing the stories in my book (some 7 years ago), I got the comment:
"That was MAGIC!"

...It made my spirits soar!

Today I put pen to paper and wrote up that particular story. I felt quite good once I'd completed it, so I called my two guinea pigs back and asked them to listen again.

This time however, they were distinctively BORED! They commented that I had elaborated far too much and detracted from the story's essence. Guess what...they are entirely correct!!!

Well, it most certainly is a FLOATING JOURNEY! I will have to rethink the shape of the narrative of that particular story and perhaps the shape of my entire book.

I feel quite exhausted and have to reassure myself that nothing is lost - I merely have to float in a different direction.

Hope you all have a happy weekend.

Till next time, luv C


Golden Woofs! SUGAR said...

Woof! Woof! Like a stream of water ... Writing is sure an endless journey. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

NAK and The Residents of The Khottage said...

This is just so interesting to read -

Maybe it help me to get back to the writing I'd like to do but just can't find THAT muse right now -

Floating is quite good -

It is something that always impresses me with the sky as I watch the clouds - the view changes in less than a blink -


Khyra's Mom

houndstooth said...

Being a good storyteller is not the same thing as being a good writer, but many people don't understand that. The magic happens when you're able to bring both aspects together! Keep at it!

Clive said...

Hope the 'floating in the other direction' has gone well over the weekend!

Great comment from Anne in Ireland - it being such a small country here - I think I may know her!!

Looking forward to hearing how you are getting on!


Deborah said...

Nice post, ideas do come and go and to prove it, today, my niece said something to me, I said, I should post that and now I can't remember it. So from now on, I'm going to carry with me a little pad and pen in my bag and jot down these ideas!!! I had my notebook with me too and I didn't write it because I thought I would remember it!