Day 66: Thoughts

After spending all of yesterday working on my writing haven, I have my new lights hung, shelves put together, books and notebooks a little more organized which gives me a bit more room to write and work, and doing a few other miscellaneous things, I am feeling very good about it all.  I still have some work to do to get it where I want it to be but it’s definitely coming along nicely.  It feels less claustrophobic without books and notebooks piled all around me.  I still have some organizing to do though…I have ROW, SWW, MasterClass, Udemy, and other miscellaneous classes and information to put in notebooks.  But this definitely makes me want to be in here even more than before.  And the more time I’m in here, the more time I’ll spend writing.  So my little decorating binge is paying off.  As I’ve said before, I really think that having an inviting place to write in is important.  If we don’t have that, it’s just another impediment to a daily writing practice.  I need that since I seem to be fighting it all the way to my laptop.  So every little push in the right direction is important.  Why do we fight so hard against the thing that we want more than anything?  Fear of failure or rejection?  I think that’s my reason.  I am doing better with that.  I have begun making myself read my writing out loud and then I critique it.  For every one thing that I’m not happy with, I find 2 or more things that I’m very happy with and that really has bolstered my feelings about my writing.  I read a part of Rapture today that, when I wrote it, I wasn’t at all sure that it was any good.  Today, I realized that it was good.  Some of the other stuff that I had been pretty happy with at the time, I am finding to be less so.  It’s not all bad but it’s definitely in need of an overhaul.  So, I highly recommend to everyone that you take a step back from your writing and read it aloud.  You’ll find more things out by listening to and feeling the rhythm that than you will just hearing it in your head.  It has made me rethink a lot of Rapture and now I want to move some things around and delete others.  It needs to be streamlined a bit more than it is now.  And I will probably abandon some of my old ideas regarding the direction of the story.  It needs to be done.  None of my words or ideas are so precious that I can’t slash them from the book.  Editors won’t think that they are, so why should I?  Well, that’s it for my daily musings so I think I’ll get back to organizing.  Or maybe, I’ll take a nap…both are equally important to me!  I’ll see you tomorrow.  Happy Monday eve.    


About Donna Heilman

I am a writer that lives in the Dallas-Ft. Worth Metroplex with my husband, 2 dogs, and 10 cats. I am currently working on my novel, Rapture, as well as writing poetry and some short non-fiction. I am honestly writing this blog to feel more connected with other creative people.
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