It's a bit dusty in here, so give me a moment to clean off the table, set the easy chairs upright and unpack the tea cups. There, that's better. Hello 2017! I have high hopes for 2017 since it is a prime number. I started blogging 10 years ago in 2007 which isn't prime, but a fine year all the same. When My Two Blessings began, I never stopped to consider how long I would continue or where it was going. Sometimes in life, you just jump in with both feet and don't worry about where you are going. Much has happened over the years with a lot of ebbs and flows, talkative times along with long silences. If you've been with me for most of the ride, I appreciate it.
Once again I'm contemplating the one word thing to focus on for the year and all I hear in the background is me. Sounds a bit selfish and narcissistic in a way. However....
Honesty is the best policy, right? Then I'll be honest. I've lost my writing mojo. Over the years, I got involved in Nanowrimo, fell in love with the joy of writing and have worked to learn as much as I can about the writing craft. The past couple years I've volunteered to help facilitate a private mfa certificate program and in the progress burned myself out while helping to run courses, rather than working on my own writing. My WIP's have been gathering dust in the drawer, my characters stopped talking to me and I basically quit writing. I started regurgitating old essays to fill in holes for classes and for the blog and lost me in the process.
So, I'm going to focus on me, however selfish it may sound and concentrate on writing again. Embrace my creative side, let it flow unhindered by classes or responsibilities and let life inspire me.
I'm reminded of something I wrote a year or so ago and want to recover that passion
Why do I write aside from the fact that it’s a fantastic mind journey full of unpredictableness. I write to open the door into my mind and have grand conversation with myself, with God, with my characters. I write to explore the who’s, what’s, where’s and why’s. I write to free my mind of all the detritus that gathers throughout the day. I write to understand that which I don’t understand. I write to heal the wounds of the soul. I write to practice, I write to explore, I write to play. I write to create. I write for those Aha moments because I do so enjoy when my characters surprise me. Or when I even surprise myself with an epiphany about my life. I write to let my soul sing.
~cheers to a wonderful writing new year!