An old friend, remembering my childhood preoccupation of daydreaming up wild stories and playing out the details with our Barbie's, made a comment about me writing more, specifically a fictional, fantasy book. Now, I have been enjoying writing casually for this blog, and I can do business writing with the best of them, but to try to write a book? Is she nuts, or could I actually do it...put pen to paper and capture some of the visions of love, lust, and vampires that are (yes, still) running through my head?
Secretly, it's something I've wanted to try but never got up the nerve up to start...it was hard enough, as an insecure, straight-and-narrow type, to start Project Supermom, a place where me and my ideas are vulnerable and open to scrutiny. I got out a notebook anyway and, within days, had filled page after page with character descriptions and action narratives. That got me wondering what to do next...go to a creative writing class or lecture or join a writing group? Oh, to put myself out there, in an unfamiliar arena...just the thought sends me running to the kitchen for reinforcements...Hello, my name is The Project Auther, and I am a food-aholic...sheesh!
This uncomfortable feeling is telling me that I need to do this...I need to go "there", conquer my fear, try, and take this risk. I have begun to see that it is when I am most scared that I need to buckle down, rise to the challenge, and go for my dreams...or, at least put myself out there and try. When I do, even when there's room for improvement or when I stumble and make mistakes, I discover that I am capable of so much more than I ever really thought...that there is so much more to me than there seems! What kinds of things do you want to try but haven't gotten up the nerve to do? Are there things you dream of doing that would surprise people in your life but would soooo be an expression of who you are? Please share them with us...and, why not go for it?
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