My Summer Obsession

I mentioned in my first blog that I needed to pick the “one thing” that I wanted to accomplish this summer and just do it death. Well, I decided. I am writting a novel. I know, I know, that sounds so lame and I am embarrassed to even put it to paper, much less publish it in a blog, but I decided that it is something I must do.

It is something that I have wanted to do my whole life. I am an avid reader and the thought of putting a story together that would transport someone away to another time…another place…well, if fair takes my breath away. What a dream, right?


It is a dream. My dream. And while nothing may ever come of it, I will have done it. I will not get to my death bed and wonder why I never even tried my hand at it. It will not be my regret.

And so, here I go. I have about 15,000 words written so far, and while it is really poor writing, I am sticking to my plan of writing the whole first draft this summer while I have the time off from my job at the school.

I watched Finding Forrester the other day and Sean Connery says to Forrester, “You write with your heart. You rewrite with your head.” Such wise words. So that is what I am doing. I am trying to let go and let the words flow and ignore my inner editor that wants to rewrite every other sentence. (I will never get it done if I listen to that little demon!)

So, while I don’t think anyone reads this blog, if you do, then don’t laugh at me and my dream. It may have been stupid, but I thought myself brave to put it out there for the world to see.

Just don’t ask me to let you read it!

One response to “My Summer Obsession”

  1. Sherrinda,Yay for you! You’ve taken that all-important first step. I hope that as you write, your confidence will grow. Few people produce a masterpiece on the first try.A speaker I heard at a writers conference, Kay Marshall Strom, said writers are no different than anyone else. We have to have to study craft and get some experience. Strom said no one expects a person to simply declare him or herself a dentist and open up an office. Who’d sit in the chair of such a person? Saying we’re writers doesn’t suddenly make our words brilliant and publishers beg for the honor of buying our work. The process takes time.I wish you all the best as you embark on your journey to publication.


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