Writing the Daughter of the Zel trilogy was hugely empowering for me. I’d always enjoyed writing and dreamt of having something published, but I never had the confidence to put my work out there.
Then, a few years ago, I was having a rather tough time personally, which led me to quit my job and move back home. Even with everything going on, I found myself with a load of free time I hadn’t ever had before.
As a distraction, I set myself the challenge of writing a novel in a month. I’d always wanted to do NaNoWriMo, but November was never convenient. Every day after work I’d sit down and type until my brain ran out of scenes. The rapid progress towards a final word count slowed towards the end, and I had to go back and carefully stitch together key scenes to make a complete story.
I had an idea for where the book was going and every time I wrote it felt like clearing space in my head. Making this mental room meant I’d get an idea for a new scene, usually when I was trying to get to sleep.
Now, like then, in the early days of a story, I get these rather annoying moments where I’m unable to go to sleep because of new phrases, places, people that pop into my head. There’s a process I’ve learned to follow by turning the bedside light on, writing the thought down in my notebook, and turning the light off again before immediately having another thought and repeating it. Eventually my brain lets me sleep.
I have found that the first draft is always shocking. I’ve come to terms with that. One of my betas recently said how she’d love to write a novel, but was worried it’d be awful. I explained the number of drafts my work passes through before she even sees a beta version. I hope this encourages her to get something down on paper. That’s the hardest bit.
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In the month of September, I am looking to expand my blog, readership, and services, and I feel the best way to do that is to also help others promote themselves as well. We live in an amazing age of instant information, but sometimes it’s about making sure the right people see what is offered. There’s so much available, and so much I think people could benefit from if they simply knew what’s out there. Help me raise awareness about the things that matter to you. Maybe what matters to you, will matter to someone else too?
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I am so very excited to share with you Glen Smith from Now Time With Glen. This gentleman happens to work with my husband. He told me about Glen and his side work as a motivational speaker, and I was intrigued to know more, so I contacted Glen through social media. I have watched several of his videos and find them all uplifting and quite inspirational. So much so, I asked Glen to share one of his videos here. I asked for this one specially because it really hit home with me as I watched it. It echoed a topic I have been working with in my own life for the last year in finding my life purpose.
This video is number five in his How to Live a Life of Purpose series. You can find out more about Glen and the rest of this series at Now Time With Glen, or subscribe to his Youtube channel. Enjoy! And thank you Glen for sharing your truth with us!
A few months ago, I decided to embark on a new journey to speak regularly about truths I found important to me. I did not have a clear vision of where this journey would take me, but I knew it was important. So I blazed forward with a thundering heart of excitement and a thrill of the unknown. What exactly would I talk about each month? And could I eventually do two posts a month like I original thought about doing?
Well, the topics each month so far have found me. I write when a great truth inspires me to do so, and it’s usually something I am currently working through on my own personal journey. But I think that’s where the true gold can be found. If it’s not from the heart and felt deeply, then the truth rings hollow.
As for two posts a month, I have decided one is what I can do comfortably, especially now that I am starting up a brand new plan of (though it’s mostly just a revamp and extension of my old plan) to continue writing posts here, write on my current fiction and start some new fiction, and begin my own publishing company (that will for a time only be publishing my own works, but may extend to others down the road).
I, however, would love to still do two post some or most months–on this series specifically–and this is where perhaps you, and others, come in. My truth isn’t the only truth out there. This world is full of truths. The kind of truths that are spoken from the heart. The kind that ring so true it makes us want to stand up and shout. Those are the kind of truths this blog series is meant for, whether they are mine or someone elses.
So I extend an open invitation to all who read this blog (and I have even sent a few personal invitations to those I know) to post on this series.
What is your truth? What would you like to tell the world? What do you need to speak about just to speak it out loud to get it off your chest? Your truth matters.