Write On Edge prompt: It’s the beginning of autumn, the students are back in the classrooms, and at Write on Edge our thoughts are turning to our dreams and ambitions. This week we want to hear about your writing goals. Take three hundred words and tell us about where you want to take your writing.
I would like to carve out more time to write. I have way too many things pulling on my attention all the time that I
feel stretched beyond comfort, but the only way I am going to get the
time is to take it. Even if it's only five or ten minutes a day to start. Writing is truly "ME" time--I can be in the moment with the characters and the flow of a story, and it's stress-free. I may need to be more creative in how I take that time--could I use a digital recorder while I walked on a treadmill?, for instance.
I want to participate in NaNoWriMo. I suffer from "Yeah, but" syndrome when it comes to my own writing. As I am typing, my brain is looking over my shoulder and 'backseat' editing. I need to learn to just throw the mud on the canvas. Then I can go back and edit to my heart's content. I'm so busy erasing as I type that I don't get everything out.
I want to write a short story or a novella and submit it for publication. When I was in my twenties I sent a poem to Cosmopolitan. I thought they might consider publishing it; instead, they sent it back with some pretty harsh words written on the top. It was obvious that my poem was passed around the office for a joke, which crushed my tiny writer's ego. I stopped showing people my writing, for many, many years. The first time I posted on Write On Edge, I was terrified that other writers would make fun of me, but I made myself add my name anyway. And I've never regretted it. Now it is time to take the next step.