I have been writing up a storm over the past five months.
In January I booked a little cottage at a retreat center. I arrived on Thursday night with everything I needed to spend two full days writing, revising and painting in solitude. I emerged late Sunday morning exhilarated and refreshed.
In March I joined Firefly Creative Writing for their Winterfire retreat. I arrived Friday to embrace the nurturing environment for our writing. I left Sunday afternoon with a full heart and ten new writerly friends.
Winterfire provided just the spark I needed to return writing to my daily life, and my pen dances with joy in my journal once more.
In April I participated in my first Camp NaNoWriMo, and completed 50,000 words in a free writing style first draft of a memoir about pregnancy loss.
In May, I booked a little cottage on the edge of a little lake. I arrived Friday night too tired to work, then spent all day Saturday revising a novel draft. When I got home, I made my first submission to a potential agent.
Yes, I have been writing up a storm these past five months. Just not here...
Next steps include making the effort to revive my blog. Just as my journals provide a record of my growth as a person, I hope this blog will track my development as a writer. I expect there will be more blips and plateaus, so my mantra is "Progress, not perfection." It works with personal maturation as well as evolution as a writer!
See you soon!