Every Day I Write the Book

I put my first blog, Open Secret, on hold two years ago. I felt like I had exhausted what I wanted to say and I had closed a chapter in my life and in Michael’s. At the time, I felt the pull of something new that wanted to be written and I couldn’t wait to get started.Write a Book

I wanted to write a book.

For the first few months I felt kind of relieved that Open Secret wasn’t constantly badgering me to post. I gave myself a much-deserved holiday from writing and accomplished very little on my new project apart from a quick chapter sketch. I told myself that I was letting the idea ‘gestate’ and did not want to rush into birthing my book too soon.

About the time that Open Secret went on hold, my coaching business picked up speed and I stepped into the challenge, success, abundance and prosperity that I had been longing for professionally. As a result, all my creativity went into my work. I designed and delivered workshops, coached executives and individuals and continued to tend to my growing business. And, frankly, for a while that was all I could manage.

Looking back on my non-writing phase I realize that even when I wasn’t physically writing I was always writing in my head. I was interpreting my day-to-day life through my writer’s lens and feeling short pieces of writing perpetually taking shape in my head. I just wasn’t taking the time to actually write them down. I realize now that I fell in love with observing life and was capturing it in my head the same way that a photographer would capture a moment with their camera. I was observing snapshots in my imagination.

So I guess I never really did stop writing.

Starting to blog again feels like a rebirth. It feels like coming home. It feels absolutely magnificent! I have reawakened to the simple fact that I am a writer and I absolutely love to write.I Love Blogging

Here’s the thing I’ve realized though; I love to write about the everyday. I love to write informally, as if I am having a conversation. I know I am probably an editor’s worst nightmare but my most vulnerable and transparent writing can only be written in my own voice. It seems that as soon as I put limitations on myself (like…’today I am writing my book…’ or ‘the grammar is awkward here…’) I lose the inspiration and the magic. I lose the fun.

So, for now, 365 Radical Acts is just what the doctor ordered. And will I ever get to the writing of that book? I just don’t know and, frankly, at this point, it really doesn’t matter. I’m having way to much fun to care!

Thanks for reading!

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The Push

It is a cold and grey Friday afternoon and my heart is racing with the radical new mission that I have just undertaken…365 straight days of blogging about nothing in particular.

Oh dear!

One week ago today I was struck by the idea for this blog. The concept of the Radical Act intrigued and dazzled me. Wouldn’t it be cool, I thought, to blog about the extraordinary in the everyday? And wouldn’t it be fun to see where the idea might lead? For the two days following my epiphany I felt the excited buzz of a new project. I was charged up and motivated to get back to my daily practice of writing and to allow my creativity to be unleashed.

By Monday morning (day three) the excitement started to fade and reality slipped its way in. The voice in my head (which sounds remarkably like an angry librarian) started to list all the reasons why a new blog was a bad idea; “you don’t have time Katie, you have three kids, a busy schedule, a business to run, priorities, responsibilities.” I was easily swayed by the librarian and by mid-week the idea was just one of those cool notions that gets swept easily under the carpet.

I woke up this morning, however, with that dust-covered idea jumping up and down in my head. All I could hear was; “do it, do it, c’mon Katie, you can do it, you will love it!” Somehow over the course of this past week the angry librarian has been replaced with a pom-pom waving cheerleader at a pep rally. And her perky enthusiasm and steely determination was simply too hard to resist.

And so, choosing to heed the push from the cheerleader, my first Radical Act is unfolding. I have registered a new blog, picked a theme, customized its appearance and launched a brand new 365 day project.

Am I crazy? I have three kids, a busy schedule, a business to run, priorities, responsibilities…

Go, Katie go!