The last four days have passed in a pleasant haze of writing. Once I got started again, I couldn't stop. I'm very lucky to have a supportive family - and that winter weather canceled most of my other responsibilities.
Yesterday morning, I finished the first draft. It's novella length, which is what I expected, and I really love the story. I can't wait to start editing.
But, I will wait for a bit. I always take a break between completing a draft and editing. I need to step away from that world for a bit before diving back in. I also have a bunch of other things going on, so a break is necessary. I'm entering the last two weeks of a show, and I have a couple audiobooks to record.
Always busy - good thing I love all my jobs!
It's easy to get lost in the big dreams - the major goals - and forget to celebrate the small victories.
Small steps add up, and each one is a step closer to the big dream. The key is to embrace every victory and never, ever give up.
It's time to change my perspective.
Recently, I stumbled onto an article about being a writer, more specifically knowing when you have become a writer. Even after writing several plays and books, I still struggle to see myself as a writer. Because I am too focused on the big goals. Too focused on whether or not I am talented. This article brought up a great Stephen King quote from his book, On Writing.
"If you wrote something for which someone sent you a check, if you cashed the check and it didn’t bounce, and if you then paid the light bill with the money, I consider you talented." - Stephen King
Am I talented? If I go by this quote, the answer is yes, so I'm going to agree with my favorite author and stop worrying about it. Worrying is a waste of energy.
I'm pretty excited because a couple of my plays are being performed around the U.S. An Empress, A Faun, and... Olive Loaf? is being performed in Texas and West Virginia. It's been produced several times before, including a couple productions in Australia. I love seeing different interpretations of my words. It's thrilling. This is one (awesome) version of my script.
One of my self-published plays, The Worst Play Ever, is having it's debut in Illinois. I'm very excited about this one. I love this show so much, and I'm glad others will get to enjoy it. I can't wait to see what they do with it!
Small steps. Big dreams. I am so grateful to be able to share my stories.
I've had a really nice Mother's Day. I started the day with a long walk and some time with my weights. I had a lovely breakfast delivered to me in bed while I read. I'm reading the Song of Ice and Fire books, and I cannot put them down. I've spent most of the day reading. Normally, an hour of uninterrupted reading time is hard to find. Several hours is almost unheard of. It's been an incredibly relaxing day.
When I haven't had my nose in a book, I have been working on the first draft of a new book. It seems like all of my projects come in waves. I am currently revising SuperGym, developing a first draft of a musical, working on an outline for a new play, and yesterday I started the first draft of a new book. I couldn't ignore it. Even with everything else I am working on, I had to start. When I have an idea that I think is good, I have to write it while I can. Ideas tend to fade over time.
Time management is my biggest obstacle right now. I work. I have a family. I am directing one play and auditioning for the next. Life is crazy busy. But, I still have to find time to write. I've been working on putting it into my daily schedule, and I am doing pretty well with meeting my goals. I only work on one project a day. My writing is better when I am focused on one project. I just need to make sure that they are all progressing. I have set my own deadlines for most of them, and I am working hard to stick to the plan. My new job has made it a little more difficult, but I am determined to stick with it. I'm not giving up on the dream.
Em is a writer, theatre director, and hiker. She likes mixing horror with magical realism and adding sci-fi twist.