Once again I will not be able to participate in NaNoWriMo here in Ottawa. Most of my spare time is spent with family and home plus wrapping up some volunteer work. Then there’s that all-necessary day job and anticipated overtime for a November 30th deadline. Of course, my Paperblanks journal will feel some of my anxieties, hopes and joys bleeding through the pressure of my pen.
Best wishes to the hopeful writers!
Back a few weeks ago, I responded to a writing prompt I found in a Writer’s Digest magazine. The prompt asked me to “acknowledge that writing is hard.” I think that all the time, but I’ve never written those words down. So I did—plus a few more. Then I went on to the rest of the prompt, which included: “Write about how you are going to make writing happen.”
Writing down how hard writing is, acknowledging it, brought up the question, “So why do I do it?”
My answer is simply because I really, really want to. I have no idea why I have such a longing to write, and I have come to see that I don’t have to know. I believe that if I have the longing, I must also have the skills (or the ability to learn the skills) to be a great writer. I’m learning the…
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