July 04, 2008

My Summer Obsession

I mentioned in my first blog that I needed to pick the "one thing" that I wanted to accomplish this summer and just do it death. Well, I decided. I am writting a novel. I know, I know, that sounds so lame and I am embarrassed to even put it to paper, much less publish it in a blog, but I decided that it is something I must do.

It is something that I have wanted to do my whole life. I am an avid reader and the thought of putting a story together that would transport someone away to another time...another place...well, if fair takes my breath away. What a dream, right?


It is a dream. My dream. And while nothing may ever come of it, I will have done it. I will not get to my death bed and wonder why I never even tried my hand at it. It will not be my regret.

And so, here I go. I have about 15,000 words written so far, and while it is really poor writing, I am sticking to my plan of writing the whole first draft this summer while I have the time off from my job at the school.

I watched Finding Forrester the other day and Sean Connery says to Forrester, "You write with your heart. You rewrite with your head." Such wise words. So that is what I am doing. I am trying to let go and let the words flow and ignore my inner editor that wants to rewrite every other sentence. (I will never get it done if I listen to that little demon!)

So, while I don't think anyone reads this blog, if you do, then don't laugh at me and my dream. It may have been stupid, but I thought myself brave to put it out there for the world to see.

Just don't ask me to let you read it!

1 comment:

  1. Sherrinda,

    Yay for you! You've taken that all-important first step. I hope that as you write, your confidence will grow. Few people produce a masterpiece on the first try.

    A speaker I heard at a writers conference, Kay Marshall Strom, said writers are no different than anyone else. We have to have to study craft and get some experience.

    Strom said no one expects a person to simply declare him or herself a dentist and open up an office. Who'd sit in the chair of such a person? Saying we're writers doesn't suddenly make our words brilliant and publishers beg for the honor of buying our work. The process takes time.

    I wish you all the best as you embark on your journey to publication.


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