I can remember 30 some-odd years ago when I realized that I had a gift in the area of writing. Having made straight A’s in English from my earliest school years through college, I discovered a bit later in life that I could use this innate ability to express myself.
More than anything, I wanted to write.
Back during the summer of 1996, while the Summer Olympics were being played out all across the metro Atlanta area, I was taking the MARTA train to and from work. During the Olympics mania, I was writing what would become my first novel idea.
What enthusiasm I brought to the project. Looking back, I can’t help but smile.
I was writing a story based on a real-life experience I’d had involving an 80’s rock star. I worked and worked on that story for nearly ten years but could never finish it. There was no good way to conclude it. And to top it off, our house was burglarized and my computer stolen.
Needless to say, I’d never gotten around to backing up my most recent revision onto CD. Big mistake. My first novel project disappeared, along with all of the exciting corrections and redirection I had intended to take it.
Years later, in 2013, I got the itch to create another novel. Inspired by rock legend Jimmy Page upon the release of Led Zeppelin’s “Celebration Day” CD/DVD we’d purchased, I developed a story based in one of my favorite cities – Savannah, Georgia. I created what I felt were colorful characters. There is a lesbian couple who own and run a bookstore. There is a feisty Latina woman who runs a coffee shop. There is a goth woman who is the main character. And, to round out the picture, there is an elderly English gentleman who becomes her love interest.
Also thrown in for good measure is my ex-husband, who will remain unnamed.
The point of this post is simple. If you feel inclined to write, write. Write every day, even if just a few words. Writing is a powerful tool of self-discovery and healing. It is also very entertaining both to the writer and the potential reader.
If you feel the need, pick up a pen and paper or sit at your computer or other device. Start writing today. And when you finish your project – be it a poem, short story, biography, novel, or text book – let me know. I’d love to read what you’ve poured your time and energy into.
Your writing is a piece of your soul. Honor and cherish that. I do.
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