I’ve been writing a lot lately. But not as often for pen to ZEN as I planned.
I’m okay with that, to a certain extent. I guess I want to work it out a little bit though, and would like to chat with you about it.
I’m okay with it partly because I’m working on big things for you, Grasshopper. In the background of this blog.
Also, because I know you’re busy, and patient with me, so you’re not freaking out, like “WHERE THE HELL IS MY p2Z POST?!!”
Also, because I got some new client work and I’ve been busy doing proposals and creative concepting for that. HOORAY!
Mostly, though, it’s because what I’ve been writing instead of blog posts, and besides the plans for my upcoming website writing course (so exciting!) and the new client pitches, is another kind of writing that I simply adore: creative writing.
I love my creative writing time. It’s been a while since I made any time for it at all, and the past few weeks, I have made a lot of time. But something has to give for me to do that. I decided to ease up on my posting plans for this space and here are the results:
1. I have returned to journaling, and found a welcome respite from the need to work out sadness and/or anger from the death of my mom earlier this year. Phew! Word: there really are stages of grief. Moving through/past them, I have found a treasure trove of wonderful, warm memories. Actually, many hot ones from the old kitchens I loved as a girl.
So I started to share those with this personal essay/memoir on Medium:
The Kitchen is Clean, I Put on a Dress, Let’s Dance.
Writing that was so joyful for me, I’ve decided to create a series. I hope you enjoy it, too. I think you will. If you belong to Medium, will you please recommend it and leave a comment for me?
While there, check out another memoir about my 98 year old grandma, Faye.
2. I have revisited the novel I started to write 3 years ago then abandoned after about 6 months. My inspirations for doing so have been:
a) My longtime writer friend, pen pal, and long distance confident who lives halfway across the world, who thinks my novel idea is one of the best story ideas ever. He has much better taste, and judgment, than I do.
b) Steven Pressfield, who gave me the Foolscap Method (I call it a legal pad) and so much other motivation through his weekly writing over the last many months, and
c) Kevin Johns, an online peer and friend who has published an excellent book, The Novel Writer’s Blueprint, which really does offer a blueprint that I can use to get my novel finished in a reasonable amount of time, as a part time novelist on the side. At least, I can envision how it can be done, and done well. Plus, he has done it, using his model, so there you go.
3. I played around making social media posts and designs that I hoped would have an impact on people’s hearts and minds. I want my writing to reach real people, authentically, even in business mode.
Every once in a while it happens to me, so I want to make sure every once in a while I hit up others with a shout out from my virtual rooftop; a message from my heart. It takes extra time in one way but in another way, no, we make our own time, right?
Did you see this one of mine recently?
It has the answer to the trick question in the post title.
If you haven’t figured out my stance yet, I think neither your writing, nor your business is more important than your connection to your joy and purpose. For me, it’s about family, helping others, emotional depth and beauty, and expressive personal adventure.
I get a good measure of that through my writing and my business. What a gift.
That’s why I try to take good care of these things: it’s because they matter to me.
Thank you for being part of what matters to me.