I’m making a double N post today, because the post I just posted about Nathan wasn’t the one I originally started with and because I have been up since 3am but still cannot sleep. I understand if you choose not to read all of my posts. But, to quote a comment from Kaye Peters of Have Coffee . . . Will Write on one of my recent posts, “you’re posting like a woman possessed”. Possessed . . . manic . . . whatever, I’m simply going with the flow right now. So here are a few notes:
More Marsha Norman
“Write what you urgently need to write.” Those were Marsha Norman’s words when asked if she had ever returned to a work she gave up on. “If it is over two years, don’t try to go back.”
Now, of course she was talking specifically about writing plays, but her point resonated with me. Basically she argued that if you are still struggling with something after two years, then maybe that is not the story that you need to tell. Maybe it is not your story to tell.
I have so many stories that I began but never finished. I have so many possible plans for books and other writing ideas that I couldn’t follow through. I have also always thought that I have a story that I have yet to discover, a story that truly needs to be told. It grows inside me until someday, I hope, it will burst out of me. The words will speak through me.
I just hope that happens soon.
She also talked about characters speaking through her, rather than her creating them. I have only had a few moments where that has happened. Where the words and the voice of the character just poured through me and into my fingers. It is a powerful sensation, and one I yearn to feel again.
I want to be open and receptive to that energy.
Much to my surprise, yesterday I was honored with another blogging award. The Inspiring Blog award given to me by Dierdre Coppel from A Story Book World. Talk about inspiring, Dierdre is an incredibly talented writer and artist who does everything from creating her own artwork (including this beautiful award among others) and interviewing publishers and editors, to writing fantasies and delving into the paranormal. I am truly honored that she chose me for this award. Please go visit her site. You won’t regret it.
- My scene seems to be getting good responses. Rumor has it that M.N. might come see it today.
- My panel went well and led to an interesting discussion on the value of theater in general
- I apologize for falling behind on reading this week, but I am proud of myself for regaining a little control over this blogging obsession of mine.
- I actually submitted my Moon Lady, which I’ve really titled “Rebirth of Japan” to an art show. Insanity, I know.
I think that is all for now except that I feel like everyone out there (myself included) needs another good virtual hug. So here you go (and I know I have used this image before, but how can you go wrong with Calvin and Hobbes?)