Giving up my day/night job to throw myself into writing, was equally a conscious choice and the result of a very particular set of circumstances. It felt a great deal as if the wheel of life had spat me out into a completely foreign and unmapped world. In that bleak and vacant landscape I could see so many opportunities, but also unknown monsters and danger.
Like in any journey, the first few days were filled with a sense of energy and excitement and the feeling of a living dream just added fuel to that fire. Unfortunately, that initial burst of adrenalin did eventually fade and it is what is left that I now feel compelled to write about.
My dream is stronger than ever, but now I have a whole new awareness of just how challenging this path is to follow. So far I have had very little validation about whether I can actually do this – except from the absolute support of my wonderful husband, friends and family. Instead, I have to hold on to the feeling I get every time I enter the world of words. The deeper I venture into my imagination the more characters start tapping on my shoulder – so much so at times I have to simply say “stop”, before I am overwhelmed. Can I do them justice? Absolutely! It all comes down to faith …. and lots and lots of writing.
The discipline of a writer is to learn to be still and listen to what his subject has to tell him – Rachel Carson
I have signed up for NaNoWriMo – and that means in November I will be writing 50,000 words in ONE MONTH. I have taken on this challenge for one simple reason … to conquer my fear. Sometimes the little voice I have not so affectionately chosen to dub “dobble”, sits on my shoulder reminding me of all the reasons why this is such a bad idea: not enough money, no security, not enough time … etc etc. In order to silence that voice I have taken on a challenge bigger than anything I have ever done before. My plot is loose and needs work, my characters are wonderful new friends who I need to learn more about but already feel deeply for, their world is slowly building as I help them bring life to their homes and land. It’s a land with history and legend, love and fear, joy and sadness and of course the ability to grow and be all you can be … if you allow yourself to find your true path.
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Just as a character will be changed by the journey through my imagination, I can’t wait to see how this next journey will transform me!