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Poet, blogger, lawyer, educator, sista, sister, aunt, daughter, mentor, friend, dog owner, lover of music and all things gluten free... Writing about all of this and more.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Still Writing...

My outline for my "writing project" is materializing. This is a comfort. I have so many ideas about what I want to do, so many ideas that for a while the idea of actually sitting down and making some of those ideas real was a little overwhelming. I love how I am able to think myself into such a frenzy that it completely obliterates the action piece.

I have been primarily writing in an actual physical journal, hand to pen and pen to paper. It's the best way for me to write poetry. I've also been reading my old journals. I am so glad I kept them. There's some good stuff, both for comic relief and also because it's allowed me to step back in time and remember who I was. It's amazing how much of me was set in place at, say, age 9. I really had my writing voice at an early age.

This week I have off from work. I was supposed to be kickin it in NYC, but I came down with something nasty that kept me in the bed and off the plane. Because I wanted to be back home for New Years, I ended up just postponing my trip. I think it all worked out for the best, although I am terribly sad not to get to see my NY girls. I think it worked out because right now I probably just need to have an extended period of time to devote to writing, slowing my pace, and reflecting.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

You don't have to eat the whole elephant in one sitting

Cross posted from TheBlueprintChronicles blog.

So November was National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and there's this cool website where you can sign up and set out to write to your heart's contentment, with the goal of writing a 50,000 word novel by the end of the month.

I am thoroughly amazed/awestruck/inspired by/proud of my sister-friend, my homegirl, and one of my super duper bffs, Iquo. Like myself, she endeavored to take on the crazy NaNoWriMo project... and she did it! Knowing Iquo and what she's capable of, I know that she put it down and represented, and I'm uber excited to read the final product or one of the drafts leading thereto. It's gonna be awesome.

I, however, did not quite make it to 50,000... or even 10 percent of that. I got to a sweet little 3,700 words. But that's okay! Seriously!

I don't juxtapose Iquo to me in order to praise her and beat myself up or disparage the progress I did make. And this is why: you don't have to eat an elephant in one sitting. You can ziplock that sucker up, put it in the freezer, defrost it on setting 1, and eat it in normal, human sized servings over a reasonable course of time (sorry, vegetarians and PETA people!). I am super proud of my friend, but I'm also proud of myself: proud for moving forward in the direction of my goal.

My BPC goal, by the way, is to write a book that merges my writing passions with my personal story, some of which I've shared and other bits of which I will probably share in future posts. I want to write about identity and spirituality. I want to write about loss. I want to write about love. I also want to write about other women's/girls' stories that I find particularly moving and incorporate those in as fiction. I may even want to get some co-contributors. I mean, this thing just keeps growing and growing. That's why I am currently calling it a "writing project" rather than assigning it to any specific genre of writing in order to allow myself the freedom to figure out where it's all going.

This project may end up with me writing two books--one that I develop solo style, another that tells our collective story through multiple writers' voices. It is certainly an evolving idea. I have to shout out my BPC crew for supporting me as I have voiced a bit of frustration with not knowing exactly what it's going to look like in the end. They pointed out that sometimes writing-- just by nature of the creative process-- just takes on a life of its own, and you have to be flexible enough to allow that.

That said, I'm currently working on creating a clear action plan to help anchor all my free, pie-in-the-sky type writing into a realistic goal. I need to nail down something that I can do in a one year timeframe so that I don't find myself stuck with three elephants to eat in two days.

So, I'm working on the plan, and in the mean time, I'm writing. 30 words here, 250 there, 3,700 one month, 15,000 the next--it'll happen!