Where the wild stories are

I have until the age of 50 to become a published author.  That is the deal that me and my husband made years and years ago.  I have 15 years to accomplish that.  (OMG, THAT IS TOO SOON!)

I love reading and writing and I find that most people who love to read love to write.  Why is that?  What is it about the written word that just captivates a person?  Why does reading hold our attention so?  Why is writing a balm for the soul?  Who the hell did I lend The Child Thief too?

I do love to write and as for being published, well, a couple of poems were published in my youth so I guess I’ve completed the deal with my husband.  However I do have a few stories to tell and while they roll excitedly in my mind, developing, growing and getting more colourful as each day passes, they also curse me for keeping them trapped in my imagination.  You see, I have yet to get them on paper.  The thing is…I can be lazy.  Motivation isn’t one of my strengths.  I get motivated when people yell at me and short of hiring someone to follow me around shouting in my ear all day long, I won’t be able to free those stories until I learn motivation on my own.

Hence this blog.  I can’t express enough the feeling of accomplishment I get when I hit the publish button on this site.  I finished something.  I finished putting in words a concept/idea/thought that was in my head.  It is free now to go do what it wants.  It can join the multitude of other blog posts dancing around in cyberspace or it can sit still on this site, waiting to be read by others.

In all seriousness though, I have managed to finish two stories in my life.  One was a kids book counting puppies that I made when I was in grade 5 and the other was a short story that I finished in my early twenties.  That story sits in its book still to this day, only have been read by a handfull of people.  I walk by it sometimes and wonder if it is ready for some editing and revising.  It needs a little coaxing though, as it is a shy, little story, written by a young woman who has dreams of creating worlds for others that so many kind authors have done for her.  But mostly, she just wants to free the stories in her head.

This blog business is to get accustomed to writing everyday (typing counts as writing!) and to be comfortable with the idea of people reading my inner thoughts.  And I tell you, the fact that I even mentioned the stories in my head in the first place has those stories dancing wildly through my brain right now, much like the beasts in Where the Wild Things Are.  They can feel it, taste it.  The freedom.  It is one step closer.

There is a story inside all of us


About Geeky Book Snob

Learning stuff since birth. Happy introvert who likes socializing when she's not busy being an introvert who likes to read.

Posted on August 15, 2012, in General Musings & Thoughts and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. You. You write beautifully. I get what you mean about needing to motivate yourself, I’m the same. The only time I write is when I have an external agent providing the inspiration. But when I want to write, and it’s just me all alone, I struggle. That’s part of why I started a blog, too. And so far, it seems to be helping. Not a lot, seeing as I’ve started blogging only recently, but at least the words don’t get stuck in my head as much anymore.

    I hope you get that book published. And when you do, tell us about it. From what I’ve seen of your writing, I’d definitely pick it up.

    “Go get ’em, tiger”? 😛

    • Bahaha! I think I should have a sign above my computer now that says go get ’em tiger. That is my new motivational mantra! Thank you! Also thank you for your encouraging words. Getting over the fear of having others read your mind (essentially) is unnerving (“A person who publishes a book appears willfully in public eye with his pants down.” ~Edna St. Vincent Millay). But yeah, blogging is great exercise. I agree with you, the more you get in the act of writing, the less the words get stuck. And your style of writing agrees with me as well – I enjoy going through your site and reading your posts. I’m not done yet but they are a pleasant read when I have my morning coffee.

You say stuff here - whether I listen is another matter

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