“Creativity is the link between our inner work
and the outer work that society requires of us.
Creativity is the threshold through which
our nonaction leads to actions of beautification,
celebration, and healing in the world.
Creativity is both an inner work and an outer work.”
– Matthew Fox
Many years ago, I worked as a feature writer for a Hong Kong-based publication. The transition from working as a travel photographer to feature writer was not difficult at all because I was familiar with my territory – Asia. I was also used to the hours and hours spent working on a story by my lonesome self.
I spent many hours travelling to distant places, and more hours writing articles. I knew then how lonesome writing as a profession could be. I don’t know if I had just forgotten how it feels, but after spending weeks and weeks working on the first draft for a memoir, I feel it – the heavy weight of loneliness, a kind that I have never known.
Don’t get me wrong – I don’t spend endless hours writing. In fact, I spend only about an hour or so working on the first draft because I have a day job as well as a bevy of animals that need my care and attention. So, I am far from being isolated in a desk writing my life away.
In the beginning it was wonderful – remembering and writing about events in my past that I had long forgotten. I guess in the beginning, too, I was still writing with the momentum gained from attending an online memoir writing class.
After a couple of months it just went pffttt….pffttt…pffttt. Although I stopped for a couple of weeks to give time to the Lenten season, I am back at work on the first draft, but it feels now more like a burden than a joy. Ouch.
There’s also that foreboding feeling of walking on unknown territory. There are days when I wish someone would hold my hand and accompany me along this new and bewildering path. That feeling is a big surprise for me because I have been blazing trails alone during most of my adult life.
Is it aging? Newbie nerves? I don’t know. What I do know is that I need help, and I have no qualms admitting that.
I have searched the web for online book completion classes and have found a few, some of which are way too pricey. There are a few affordable ones though, such as:
- Andi Cumbo-Floyd’s Painted Steps Writing Group.
- Lisa Adams’ Write and Publish your Nonfiction Book
- The Book Professor’s Get My Book Out!
- The Writer’s Workshop How to Write a Novel for Beginners
I’m joining a group that will be starting soon…
Here’s hoping you’ll find your way through the meandering paths of a writer’s journey.
Linking to Daily Post’s Discover Challenges: Memory