Thursday, March 1, 2012

Following My Heart

             I want to show up as a creative writer everywhere. I feel like I’ve been given this strange “opportunity” to follow this path. I’m chronically ill, enough so I can’t work full-time. So I’m on Social Security Disability and stay at home much of the time. Why not call myself a writer and actually commit to what I’ve been wanting to do (and avoiding) all this time? Years have passed while I’ve quivered in fear of taking this step. Well, it is a big deal. And no one gives you a handbook on how to do it. You make it up as you go.

            I want to show up as a writer in every way possible. I don’t want to write business stuff – I’m not very good at it. I like to write newsletters for organizations, though, because I love writing as a healthy tool for communication. Someone can speak to you, you can watch a youtube video, you can listen in on conversations. But unless it’s written down, you can’t go back and reread it, underline it, make lists from it, color-organize it, whatever you can do to a piece of written communication.

            I don’t want to write so I’ll be remembered. I want the story to be remembered. I want, if it’s meant for you that special reader, for you to make use of it in whatever way you see fit. I may write under several different names. There are many Dana Bennetts. Who cares? I can have an exotic name – Luna Lapwater, Moonlight Radinsky, D.B. Loud, Ali Gator.

            This is day number 3 this week for writing a blog. Tomorrow is my first reward if I write number 4. This is not only easy peasy, but it’s a lot of fun.

            If you want some advice from me about how to get started writing, let me know. I love to share that story. And over the years I’ve supported and encouraged many, many would-be writers to get started. It’s up to you to find out how to keep going. Or if you want to.

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            Have a great day and follow your heart.