Wednesday night I sat in front of my laptop and REWROTE something.
I started out revising a PB manuscript I’ve been working on for years. As I worked I could see LOTS of places that needed help – a lot of help.
So, I printed it out and took a blue pen to it. Circling things, scratching things out, moving things around. I was being creative. It felt good to stretch those writing muscles.
Each time I read the manuscript I saw more things to eliminate. Then, I got a couple of new ideas. The theme of the story that I’ve been chasing round and round for years rose to the surface effortlessly. I was excited!
I felt kind of like a swimmer who has been out of the water for a long time. When she finally gets to dive into the pool and starts reaching out with long, smooth strokes she feels strong again.
Wednesday night I felt strong again. I’m ready to jump in and start swimming.
Step #6 for me is DIVE IN. TAKE A RISK. START SOMETHING NEW.
All week I’ve been thinking about writing, and reading about writing, and talking about writing. Now it’s time to actually DO what I’ve been blogging about.
Now it’s time for me to write something from that creative center that God gave me.
Time to stop procrastinating, stop staring into the water. Time to dive in.
So, I’m making a pact with you. Before my next blog post (Tuesday) I am going to start a manuscript that is totally new for me. Something I’ve never worked on before.
I’m going to search through my imagination for an idea and go with it. It might turn out to be great. Or, it might turn out to be garbage. But it’s going to be something brand new from inside me.
How about you? When is the last time you wrote a brand new manuscript from nothing? Will you jump in with me this weekend?
Or are you going to be a big chicken?
Come on. I dare you!