As I journey towards turning “writer” from a self-proclaimed label to professional title, I’ve decided to give myself a focused challenge. Each day, from now until January 11, 2016, I hereby pledge to focus on my writings: novel, screenplay drafts, stage play rewrites, TV pilot scenes, etc. Documenting my progress each day will help keep me motivated, inspired, and determined to keep moving forward. If so inspired, join me along my journey by documenting your own!
DAY ONE: Creative Inspiration Surrounds Me
I am a writer – a declaration I make at least a few times a day. However, some days that label fits more aptly than others. For instance, this evening I stared at the screen, pleading for inspiration to hit me like lightning. Alas, nothing resembling cohesive thoughts oozed onto the page. “I need to get out of the house,” I thought. “Time to talk a walk.”
Not a few steps from my front door, I stopped to take a picture of the moon against a beautiful grey-blue background.
I listened to the birds calling, music waffling from passing vehicles, and the distant sounds of children on the school playground. I drafted many versions of this blog entry as my feet touched the pavement, inspiration seeping in from every angle. I sat on a nearby bench and allowed my breathing to match with the wind. I captured many images, knowing the the camera wouldn’t do justice to the memory of the moment.
I returned to my laptop and my fingers danced across the keyboard. Like a musician strums a guitar, my hands ached to recreate the inspiration that I absorbed in less than 30 minutes time. I returned from my brief artistic exploration refreshed and renewed, ready to write! I am a writer, but does that title still hold true if I don’t write?