When I first met his daughters I had seen those eyes before. It reminds me of those eyes your children have when they encounter something for the first time. Wonderment, slight fear, and of course overall curiosity. When it’s is not your own children you become accustomed to those looks and when your children gaze upon you and see that you are confident they also ease up. Both brown haired girls looked so innocent and yet so hopeful. One looks just like her dad in the eyes and the other must look more like her mother. We ate at Olive Garden with my little one afraid to speak or look up. I can’t quite blame her since we had been traveling for 7 hours. In the middle of our pasta while fighting ensued over banana peppers, the older daughter asked, How did you start writing?
I have been asked this question many times and in my About Me page I have written about it. Quite frankly it has become that extension of myself that I can’t put down. When anyone asks how I began I just say I started writing. It’s that first step that has led to so many opportunities. From meeting celebrities, to earning a side income, to teaching continuing education all the way to the other possibilities I haven’t encountered yet. This year I will put a focus back on writing and enter into a more creative realm with it. Something deeper and not allowing fear to put my writing dreams aside.
The Never Ending Story
Over the past few weeks, the movie Never Ending Story has been flashing itself like a pervert in my subconscious and conscious world. I decided to look up the books based on the popular movie and see what the message from the universe is telling me as we begin the new year making resolutions. What I found was that the basis of the movie is about a real human boy who has to recreate Fantastica based upon what he creates in his imagination. I took this as a direct message about what my path shall be this year. To create and in the process of creating my life will manifest itself into the path and purpose. Of course this kind of manifestation comes with a lot of responsibility and accountability so it’s necessary to choose wisely.
I’ve learned over the years to be a writer you have to write. Not just write what you think others want to read but to write just because. Learn to live and take that need for escape from daily life and channel it into something creative and challenging.I also like to paint and so that is something new I want to try this year. I read something this morning that really resounded with me.
“The challenge of art is that you must create with a full heart and edit with a cold heart.” Jon Acuff
Jon Acuff writes many books and I first met him at a blogging conference. I have read two of his books, Quitter and Start. He has a new book coming out in April called Do Over. He writes a blog called Stuff Christians Like and he once worked a corporate job before transitioning to becoming an author and a speaker. Something he does for a living. I have often sought to transition into that and I know that I could do well with it, but the fears about abandoning job security as a single mom is daunting and scary. That doesn’t mean that each little step I take is not towards that goal. I think I can make it a true reality but first things first – why do I write and how did people find me. The answer is easy – just write and publish it. People may or may not find you but in the process you learn something much more valuable. You learn about yourself.
So when she asks, How did you begin writing? I thought I would ask myself that question to rekindle the reasons of why to myself.
Write because once you learn to talk and learn to read you can’t help yourself
Write as if no one is watching and nobody cares
Write as if no one will read it and as if everyone will read it
You write because that is the only song your heart knows and the only dance your mind knows
When I write it is because every molecule in my body screams with joy and whimpers in pain
To write is to canvas God’s message to the masses
To strip down to bare bones your innermost secrets
You write because you can because every career needs a good writer
If I were to tell my 13 year old self how I started writing I’d say it was because nobody could stop me
Rebellion comes from the pen and not the sword
I write because I love with a passion that cannot be translated to the world unless I write
I write because I fell in love and because he fell in love with my words
I write because the ones that truly love you will hold on to your words long after you are gone
He held on to each word I wrote because a lover can only express himself that way
I write because everyone says I write better than most published authors
I write to remind myself that I have lived
I hope to sell out my funeral and it is the things I write that will be quoted when I’m gone.
So at thirteen you write because it is all and not at all about you
Because the world you manifest is the one you write down
Tell a story with your eyes and feed the masses with your soul
While everyone else is dreaming you are putting pen to paper or typing your fingers off
At some point writing will be the one talent you need in any career that you choose
Write because you can’t help it but don’t get personally attached to what you write
It doesn’t define you it rewards you.
For all of my eager writers out there, why do you write?
If you are interested in the books I mentioned above, you can purchase them on Amazon.