ReBlog: Friday Focus

Heading into another week-end and another opportunity to spend some time writing. I have been flying pretty high lately because I had an article published in a magazine — both hard copy and online.  It appears in the fall issue of Kauai Traveler Magazine (http://www.travelerdigital.com/kauai/fall2013_main?pg=49&search_term=Andrea#pg49).

This has been a real inspiration for me to continue writing and to add some more focus on writing freelance — articles and stories.  There is nothing more exhilarating than seeing your work and your name in print. I have also decided to let my first love — poetry — back out of the box.  My new project is a book of poems.  I had two poems published in the long ago past, and never really stopped writing it.  I just stopped submitting.  Well, that will change.

My focus for this week-end is to accomplish some work on the novel — oh and it’s our 13th anniversary, so we are spending time together doing what we enjoy!

Hope you have a focus for the week-end as well!  Aloha Friday!

-AH

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Friday Focus

Heading into another week-end and another opportunity to spend some time writing. I have been flying pretty high lately because I had an article published in a magazine — both hard copy and online.  It appears in the fall issue of Kauai Traveler Magazine (http://www.travelerdigital.com/kauai/fall2013_main?pg=49&search_term=Andrea#pg49).

This has been a real inspiration for me to continue writing and to add some more focus on writing freelance — articles and stories.  There is nothing more exhilarating than seeing your work and your name in print. I have also decided to let my first love — poetry — back out of the box.  My new project is a book of poems.  I had two poems published in the long ago past, and never really stopped writing it.  I just stopped submitting.  Well, that will change.

My focus for this week-end is to accomplish some work on the novel — oh and it’s our 13th anniversary, so we are spending time together doing what we enjoy!

Hope you have a focus for the week-end as well!  Aloha Friday!

-AH 

Monday Morning Tea

I keep meaning to write posts more often, but, somehow I always get side-tracked.  I think I must be great at procrastination!  Well, we all have to be great at something, don’t we?

Writing, though, is more important to me than any other endeavor.  I love the creative outlet.  I feel “clogged up” like a dammed up river, when I can’t get the flow of words out.  I won’t say that all I think about is writing, because there is so much more to think about on a daily basis, like what radio station to listen to in the car and how many Brussels sprouts I should add to my stir fry.  Overall, however, as far as any given activity in which I engage, writing is the most important.  And when I do sit down to write and focus on just that — no TV, no Twitter, no Facebook — I actually do write.

Sometimes I wonder what to write about.  I feel like I have nothing to say.  How can that be? I realize that I may not have anything I want to share at that moment, but I can still write.  There are scenes to write and string together for my novel — oh Jeez, will I EVER finish this novel??? There are thoughts about what is going on here at home. There are lists of topics for articles I might want to write.

The point is, I am sitting and writing while enjoying my Monday morning tea, before I get ready for the day job.  I am committed to turning my career back to writing for a living.  This is how I live and breathe — through words on a page (rather on a  computer screen).  I must be patient, but I must focus on writing as my ultimate goal.  The only way to do that is to continue to write and to create pieces that can be submitted for publication, no matter what the cost in emotional distress from rejections.  It’s worth it to me.

I suppose it’s like anything else. You have to get past the fear of actually doing something in order to do it.  Fear that I am not a good enough writer or fear of rejection has to be put aside. At this point, it is not as strong as my desire to make writing my career.

Well, the tea is almost gone and I have to go off to dress for work. Stay tuned for updates.  I think I am developing an idea for a new article already! (See, I sat down to write 30 minutes ago and have written an entire post of almost 450 words!)

Staying Present

We are a goal-oriented society. This in itself is a good thing. But while we are so focused on our goals — like carrots dangling from a string, we have forgotten to look around, to feel, to understand the process. It is important to remain present.

In some instances, the goal is so large, it can be overwhelming, so we smartly divvy it up into smaller chunks, however, we still get lost in those chunks.

This applies to writing in a big way! My experience of writing each page, each chapter of my novel is far more important to me right now, than the end goal. True, we accomplish something and the feeling of satisfaction is heady, but allowing myself to experience the writing keeps me focused on the characters and the events while I am writing them. It also helps me start writing. If I think about how big the ultimate goal is, I get stymied!

While writing my novel, I have to remain present and stop looking at the end goal — THE NOVEL. In the end, it’s not just about the accomplishment, but the experiences on the way.