I have an announcement to make that will affect the types of posts here in the next months, year, I’m not sure. I am not really putting a timeline on it. I love reading as you might have guessed and obviously, I also love to write.
Most of my writing, recently, have been poetry in the past 3-4 years. But I think there is something in me that is not content with only writing poetry. Poetry has its limitations. I am not “closing the door” on this chapter in my writing life, but I want to take a break from it for a time.
I am taking a break from poetry writing to write a novel.
Besides writing simple, short stories as a kid, I have never attempted an endeavor like this in the past. I have had some ideas and thoughts about what I could write about and even followed the bunny trail of my thoughts to flesh out some of it. Usually those efforts have ended in some form of “impostor syndrome” and giving up before really giving it my full effort to make it happen.
If it isn’t “impostor syndrome,” the other trap I can see falling into is getting bored of my own story, which feels similar in that I just hate what I’ve written and think it all garbage. Now, being my first attempt, I don’t expect to write “To Kill a Mockingbird” or the next great American novel. But I want to enjoy the process, I want to like what I write and what it’s about. I expect it take time, to be work, to be hard, but I don’t want to give up on it.
I believe I have a voice and my words deserve to be heard.
So, what do I envision my blog looking like for the rest of the year? I will likely re-post some old favorites. I will continue to share my journey in writing this novel, poetry and other forms. I will continue to share inspiring quotes and content to encourage you. I will probably have some posts that are more like polls to get people’s opinions regarding the ideas I am kicking around. I will continue to read and post about what I am reading to help connect readers with authors.
Lastly, I want to open up the conversation to you, my readers, about your thoughts about writing, and writing a novel in specific. Have you written a novel? What was it like? What was helped you during the process? What words of advice would you have?
Please share in the comments below. Thanks!