Provoke. Question something through your writing. This is worthy of great thought. I am reading Les Mis at the moment. That, and this Day 12 and Life are causing the great thought.
On Friday I announced I was about to undertake the Great Office/Studio Purge.
I was ruthless and made significant inroads.
As to decluttering one’s writing. This can be a challenge.
Using twitter where we need to write economically – 140 characters – or writing Drabbles – 100 word narratives, with a beginning a middle and an end – Can be good training. Stephen King in his quintessential book ‘On Writing’ discusses this subject. Ah I recall the evocative example ‘Plums Deify‘. Well, they do, don’t they?
Share. Now this is my territory. I love to share,credit and lift.
In the bible it is said this way ‘…cast your bread upon the waters and it shall return into you two fold ‘
In other words when you share lift give serve etc YOU will receive back. You can’t not. It is an eternal universal law.
One of the ways and places I do this through the majority of publications on
A String of Pearls, the Ezine for Women, by Women that I created and Edit.
Often it is as Jeff suggested, better to do your good works in secret.
– Due to the physical challenges I face I am abundantly grateful for social media. I have friends all over the world.
– Blog challenges have helped me find fans, but they quickly become friends.
– Patrons – hmm this is a challenge and partly because it is rather new to me.
To be true I am probably better at giving support then asking for it. Connecting is something I do easily.
Yet, something to think about…
Yes I have fallen behind, but I will complete this….it has a very thought-provoking and action inspiring challenge.
Not just start.
How do you eat an elephant? So,they joke goes. The answer? One teaspoon at a time.
How do you build a house? One carefully shaped perfectly sized brick at a time.
How do make a home? One loving selection, one special choice and one beautiful memory at a time.
How do you write a book. One word, one sentence one paragraph, one chapter at a time.
But they have to be down on paper or screen. In your head doesn’t count.
What am I finishing? This challenge.
Back here I posed a question. As I continued to read Les Miserables a project I set myself (which is mentioned in that same post) I began to find my answer…
Other reading shed further light and I finally found just who is telling the story. I was a little surprised to find it was a man. To find that it is Aiken.
I clicked over to HNSSydney on Facebook to discuss writing from a man’s point of view…did some research and now I am also reading Henry James ‘Daisy’ written in 1878. I was actually surprised to locate this text online but I did and it was free.
All of this goes some way to explain why I have fallen behind in Jeff Goins 15 Day Challenge. But I am about to catch up and spring to the finish line.
This is what I imagine the more mature Aiken looks like…Yes it is George Clooney but in my head with a few adjustments to his appearance, this is Aiken Hopkins.
and this song’s lyrics evoke his love for one woman.
Here we are at Day 7 already. I’ve found this journey – so far – has caused some great insights and introspection.
Start Ugly. But start, now.