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Saturday, October 24, 2015

I've returned to Earth.

I honestly cannot believe it's been about two years since my last post on this site. The sad thing is, I truly haven't written my little heart out in two years either....

I don't know why, but at the same time, I do. Life happened.

Writing my 70 page thesis.
Graduating Graduate School.
Working at a new school for the past few years.
Teaching in general - very time consuming.
Family deaths.
And what follows those deaths...
Etc.

I feel as though I had a dry spell for a very long time.

But just like a princess in a fairytale story: I woke up.

I have a librarian at the school I work at who knows my love for writing. The other day she gave me a book to inspire creative writing. So thoughtful, I thought. And then I looked at it. It was written by the same author as Ella Enchanted, which if you know anything about me, you'll know that was my favorite first book I ever read.

Fate?

Maybe.

But maybe it was a konk to the head to WAKE UP. To get back into what I love doing. I realized, what am I waiting for?

I am getting older by the day.

The past few days I've been doing free-writing again to get myself back into my passion. I'm even reading the Unfortunate Events book series by Lemony Snicket (I like that Gothic Romance theme).

I actually have some fun ideas. I decided instead of writing to be "published," I'm going to write for me. We lose that childish creativity we once had, I once had. But I want some of it back. I know not all of it will return because now we know fear, fear of failure, fear of judgement, etc. So that's why I decided I need to fall in love with writing again. It's not as if I fell out of love with it, but I let life consume me.

We only get one life, and I intend to do what I can while I'm here. I've always wanted to change other's lives. I do everyday through teaching, but I wanted to inspire through writing.

And that's what I intend to do.

My writing goal is going to start in November. I decided, as hard as it is, I'm going to enter in the National Novel Writing Month again! I have about a week, so for the next week, I'm going to be free-writing and journal keeping like crazy. I want to grasp as many ideas as possible. And then I'm going to write.

I decided, which is so different for me, that I want to write a Middle School age novel, or younger. I want to story tell like Roald Dahl always did. And so many other author's do.

It's going to be a challenge, but I'm ready.

I wonder if anyone will even see this post. I sure hope so! I miss talking to you all. And it would be lovely to have writing buddies / supporters again.

I hope to hear from some of you.

Happy Writing!

Jess 

5 comments:

  1. Oh yes, teaching gets in the way. I understand. I usually have to write on weekends because I'm just too tired by the time I get home from school, after grading essays and going to meetings.....

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    1. Yea, and you're obviously way busier because I don't have to grade papers! But I come home exhausted. You have so many books out now; congrats!

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  2. Writing while working and writing while under stress are SO hard. The last couple of years for me have been the hardest in a long time and I've battled with writing constantly. Myself, I'm still working on stories but it's SOOOOO slowwwwwww. I honestly sneak write at work, write on the weekends when the energy is there. It's so slow though, because of how stressed I am these days. But one day at a time, one step at a time, one word at a time, I guess. :)

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    1. I know how that goes. Luckily I have summers off. But it's no longer summer...and I just entered NaNoWriMo again, so I'm in for a long journey.

      But you're right, one word at a time!

      Thanks for the comment.

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