This Week: Can you picture yourself ever stopping writing (creatively)… and thinking, “Nah, I’m tired of writing. Maybe I’ll do something else.”
I know that everyone who has been here for any time knows that I wrote as a kid, then wrote something different as a young woman, then wrote non-fiction articles.
If you think there isn’t need for creativity in non-fiction, you obviously have never tried your hand at it.
I never thought that I could write a novel, even after I wrote poetry that was published, but the shorter stories got longer, and I was spurred on by friends and a competition to do my first full-length novel.
I had not realized that the, well, for lack of better word, daydreams that I used, situations that I expounded upon in my head, the ones that I used trying to survive some hard times in my life, were, in fact, stories, practice at writing.
None of those have gotten to paper or into my computer, but elements and polishing of style happened during all that time and I was certainly ‘writing’.
Even if you have been paying attention and heard many of my complaints, you don’t know the half of what has gone on in the family or with me, and how difficult it has been for me to have the time, to have the peace or the energy, or lack of pain to put fingers to keyboard.
I promise myself all the time that the next break will see me submit some finished works or finish those that I think have merit.
The next break usually brings on someone, something or things that need my attention.
So, do I ever see myself saying, “No, I am not putting out the effort”, whenever I get the chance?
I will be writing in my head, editing in my head until then, anyway, and I am determined to get these stories out there.
Wish me luck.