Thursday, July 19, 2012

7 Quick Takes --On Writing

1.  You see this stack of books?  Guess why I'm reading them.

2.  OK, Fine.  I'll tell you: because I decided to write that book I'm always thinking about.  It may never get published and a single copy may never sell but at least I can say I tried.  

At least I can say I did it. 

 That's reason enough for me.

3.  Three books in particular have inspired me to get the lead out and write. it. down.   If you consider yourself a creative person at all, I suggest you read them too.  If only because the wisdom found within the pages is plain, old awesome (and applicable to real life as well.):

 Here's one reason why:
“Perfectionism is the voice of the oppressor, the enemy of the people. It will keep you cramped and insane your whole life, and it is the main obstacle between you and a shitty first draft. I think perfectionism is based on the obsessive belief that if you run carefully enough, hitting each stepping-stone just right, you won't have to die. The truth is that you will die anyway and that a lot of people who aren't even looking at their feet are going to do a whole lot better than you, and have a lot more fun while they're doing it.”

 Here's one reason why:

“Writing isn't about making money, getting famous, getting dates, getting laid, or making friends. In the end, it's about enriching the lives of those who will read your work, and enriching your own life, as well. It's about getting up, getting well, and getting over. Getting happy, okay? Getting happy."

Here's one reason why:

“Are you paralyzed with fear? That’s a good sign. Fear is good. Like self-doubt, fear is an indicator. Fear tells us what we have to do. Remember one rule of thumb: the more scared we are of a work or calling, the more sure we can be that we have to do it.” 

4.  It's no surprise the above books inspired me.  The truth is,  I've been inspired by books my whole life.  My mom swears I could read by the time I was 3.  (I don't know why, but I've never believed this particular anecdotal fun-fact.  My mother, of course, insists it's true.)  

I would be remiss, however, if I failed to identify another source of inspiration:  my friend Rhonda, the Naptime Novelist.

Here's her story:  One day a book idea literally fell in her lap and she decided she was going to write down the story.  She started a blog to glean writing experience and she's tackling her book project one page at a time.  

Cool, huh?  

I thought so too so I wrote her to tell her, to give her an 'Atta, Girl!  Keep up the good work!". 

We started emailing and the emails turned into phone calls and now we're friends.

 Like in real life.   

(Seriously, it wasn't an accident I was drawn to her.  Some of our life situations are so similar,  it's freaky.  Similarities like this don't happen "on accident".  The Holy Spirit wanted us to be friends.  I know it.)

Her friendship has been a blessing, a source of encouragement, and an example to me.  

When I was still wrestling with whether or not to start writing the damn thing,  I had the thought, "If my friend, Rhonda,  is writing her book, what am I waiting for? 

So I decided to write it.

She was the first person I told, I think.

Thanks, Rhonda. 

I promise,  I'll be the first person to buy your novel.

5.  I've put myself on a strict research/writing schedule.  I'm up at 5 am every morning so I can pray and research before the kids wake up.  I'm trying to work a little at naptime and I'm going to bed early.  

6.  My new schedule won't leave me much extra time for blogging.  Maybe one post a week,  but not much more. 

7.  Pray for me, will you?  And go read those books.  You'll be glad you did.


PS.  Maybe the book I write will contain less grammatical mistakes than this here blog.  Ugh.


  1. Holla, Colleen. So proud of you--and you're an inspiration!! You'll be in my prayers, and I can't wait to buy YOUR book. So there! (PS 5AM? On purpose? With 5 kids? That is mighty impressive).

    1. Tara, I chuckled for a full minute at your greeting. Do you know I've taught all my kids to say 'Holla'. Even the baby says it. Hilarious.

      Thanks for the vote of confidence. It means more than you know. You may be one of the 4 people who read it: John, My mom, and my dad. :)

  2. Oh, my goodness. *HUGS* *LOTS OF HUGS*

    1. Right back at ya! I missed you today. Tag. You're it. :)

  3. So glad to read this!! I will postpone my want for posts to wait for the greatness that willbe your book. XOXO, MJ

    1. Someone asked Thomas Aquinas once the secret to becoming a Saint. He said, "Will it."

      I'm applying his answer to the process of writing a book. I'm willing it. :) Thanks for the kindness.

  4. AnonymousJuly 19, 2012

    People... She was reading at three.....

    1. AnonymousJuly 21, 2012

      The voice of reason...

  5. If anyone can do this it will be YOU. I have no doubt, however the selfish side of me did a little gasp at the thought of once a week blogging. BUT I have a lot to catch up on . . . so maybe I'll be ready when your book is published! Oh and that anonymous voice of reason? I wouldn't mess with her . . . she knows best!

    1. Not gonna lie, was seriously questioning my sanity when the alarm went of at 5 this morning. How bad do I really want it? :0

      The voice of reason? Sometimes...well, sometimes she exaggerates. :)

      I hear her gasping now.

  6. I keep coming back to this post. Like every day. I know you see the spike, maybe you don't follow that stuff, because you're writing! But, I love this post. :)


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