Sunday Update

Isn’t that a creative title?  They tell me I need creative titles to attract people to my webpage.  If you’re here, I assume it is because you like to follow my writing adventure, which you probably didn’t find on google.  So I’m not going to sweat the title.

Last week, I did a short road trip to see Matthew Kelly speak with my sister.  He is funny and engaging, and we had a good time.  This did prevent me from my weekly blog update though, so here we go!

It is still slow going here at Julie’s apartment.  I’m quite happy with how the novel is turning out, but it can sometimes be challenging to avoid frustration.  Patience isn’t something I’m good with most of the time.

This week I read two books which I found helpful for this frustration.  I didn’t expect One Beautiful Dream by Jennifer Fulwiler to be so motivating, but there are so many good ideas in the book.  Also, if a woman with six kids can write two books with her crazy-awesome mom life, I can finish my novel.  Look for a review on this one sometime soon.

She recommended The War of Art by Steven Pressfield.  He writes the idea of Resistance or the force that stops us from taking that next step.  It keeps writers out of their chairs as we find ways to avoid our work.  Resistance also battles everyone else, of course, but I see it most in my writing.  I highlighted this passage, which speaks of patience.

The professional arms himself with patience, not only to give the stars time to align in his career, but to keep himself from flaming out in each individual work. He knows that any job, whether it’s a novel or a kitchen remodel, takes twice as long as he thinks and costs twice as much. He accepts that. He recognizes it as reality.

The professional steels himself at the start of a project, reminding himself it is the Iditarod, not the sixty-yard dash. He conserves his energy. He prepares his mind for the long haul. He sustains himself with the knowledge that if he can just keep those huskies mushing, sooner or later the sled will pull in to Nome.

Pressfield, Steven. The War of Art (pp. 75-76). Black Irish Entertainment LLC. Kindle Edition.

I don’t agree with everything he says regarding muses, but the short book was an excellent reminder of the struggle we all face to achieve, and how to overcome it.



View on my Nature Center walk


As for education this week, I headed out to a friend’s property to learn more about trees.  I’m told some people enjoy more specificity when reading than simply “trees,” and so I’ve been learning about the oaks of Missouri.  We also looked at cedars, blackberry bushes, and moss.  Walking around in the woods was a good reminder my heroes will not have an easy time tromping about unless they find a trail!

I also spent some time at a local nature center, watching the squirrels and listening to the birds and breeze.  There are a lot of noises in the woods we don’t think about in the city.  It was incredibly peaceful and helped fight any frustration I might have over my writing speed. Even if you’re not writing a novel, you should go sometime.

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