Sunday, September 15, 2013
Sunday Salon: Writing ..AND.. Reading
A portion of this additional free time is reserved for my writing endeavors, and I have had a rather productive week in that regard. On September 1st I began a free online writing program hosted by Cat Wearring entitled, 30 Day Product Creation Challenge, where the goal is to write an ebook in a month's time. Cat sends a daily email with a motivational message and exercises designed to keep us focused and stay on task. While I have enjoyed reading the daily assignments, it wasn't until yesterday that they all seemed to culminate into a personal epiphany.
This is not another NaNoWriMo event where the goal is to write a 50,000 word draft of a story any which way you can; it is far more manageable, and Cat even offers suggestions for finding a viable idea. Writing fiction is significantly outside my comfort zone, but for some reason I have not found a suitable non fiction topic to sink my teeth into. I know that I want to practice travel writing, and I have a few memoir ideas, but nothing has grabbed my attention and ignited my passion to write for my own pleasure.
But as I was reading through this list of possible ideas (for the second or third time) I realized something: I have been waiting for the 'blockbuster' idea rather than writing the smaller pieces. I have placed such unrealistic expectations on this first writing endeavor that I set myself up for failure before I have had a chance to begin.
Writers write. And I just need to follow that axiom. I shouldn't worry about the size of the project or the audience appeal, I should just write what I know and what I feel needs to be told.
So this week I will be working on my ebook project: Finding Joy in the Moment: Spiritual Lessons through Photography. I currently have twelve chapters outlined and an introduction drafted. I have not been this excited about a personal project in a long time, and I look forward to the work and the joy I know it will bring.
Harry Potter read-athon. While there is no deadline to complete this goal, it is my hope to have the entire series read by the end of the year.
I believe this is about the third or fourth time Mandy has read the books, but it will be my first. I own the entire series in a variety of formats: hardback, audio, and blue-ray video (I am most definitely committed to the series, I just have not made it a reading priority). While I do not typically listen to audiobooks (I find it difficult to follow without focusing on the written word), I am hoping the soothing accent of Jim Dale will help me to overcome this issue.
I have read the first five chapters of The Sorcerer's Stone and hope to read more on this relaxing Sunday. The audiobook is loaded on my iPhone and I plan to listen while driving to and from school. Hopefully I can finish the first book this week and then give a brief review in the next Sunday Salon.