Where did the summer go?
Here it is, the beginning of October, solidly into fall, and as I look back at this past year, I feel that I have nothing to show for it. What did I do all that time?
More accurately, I know what I didn’t do. Writing.
I thought about writing a lot. I talked about it even more. And, I took a number of classes to learn how to become a better writer. So, I guess, there is that. I did learn a lot through the various classes. Rebecca (Becca) Syme’s class, Writing Better Faster was just what I needed to get me out of my slump.
In her class, I discovered the big reason why I wasn’t writing. I’ve learned that major life-events shut down my creative process. While I can edit, polish, and get a manuscript formatted, it’s impossible for me to create new words on a new project, meaning getting a first draft done is extremely difficult.
When I think back over other life-events when I wasn’t writing, I remember my sister dying while I was writing my dissertation, which was technical, non-fiction writing, not creative by any means. Because the writing was non-creative and I had a deadline, I was able to bury myself into the task. At the time, I felt like she was always with me, looking over my shoulder as I worked because it as the type of writing she would have done, which were non-fiction journalism pieces. She was really good at it.
Becca’s class was a month-long class and included taking three psychological-type personality tests, which I had done two previously at work and the last through another recent class. Using those results and meeting with Becca one-on-one through Skype, I discovered there was a logical reason for my so-called writing silence over the summer, in fact for the past year. Where I was activity driven to clean out files, both electronic and paper, clean out and reorganize my bookshelves, go through the stacks of magazines and read piles of articles I’d saved, and other such activities. Another life-event had occurred.
What made Becca’s class special is that she took these test results, which in business was used to see how I fit in with my peers, and she attached them toward my writing. She was able to tell me what my best writing styles and techniques were and how I should use them to become a better writer and/or a faster writer!
For someone who likes to know the why behind anything, I was hoping for some aha moments and I got them. Several in fact. The biggest aha moment was the one I shared above. When I learned that, I stopped beating myself up, and stopped thinking I had been lazy.
Now, I’m better able to plan my schedule based on my new-realized strengths and can easily deal with the other tasks that received major procrastination. I now know how to deal with them.
Are you interested in finding out how you can become a better and/or faster writer? Becca gives classes every other month. And it’s not to late the join the October class that just started.
To join the class, go here: https://www.margielawson.com/product/oct-2018-write-better-faster
If you’d rather be notified about an upcoming class, here’s that link: https://forms.aweber.com/form/54/2064782054.htm
Here’s the link to sign up for her newsletter: https://forms.aweber.com/form/83/26292183.htm
If you’re interested in learning more about my results from the tests I took, I’m willing to share them if there’s enough interest. Just comment below and I’ll write that blog in quick order.
As to my writing: I’m happy to report that over the weekend I finished the first draft of Burning Desire, the second of my Laurel Ridge novellas. And I’m now developing the characters for Arrested Pleasures, the third story in the series.