Friday, February 5, 2010

I have started down the road.

I really have.  Which road?  I have decided to write a book!  Because of all the encouraging feedback I have received from my faithful blog readers, I have decided that the next part of my quest will be to chase the dream of authorship.

I have already spoken on the phone with two publishing companies to learn a little more about the process.  The new opportunities that exist now with "Printing on Demand" have made the dream much more accessible.

I am excited about the possibilities.  I am anxious about the challenges.  I am intrigued by the opportunity for growth.

Early this morning, while lying in my cozy bed, my mind was filled with so many possible ideas that I simply couldn't stay in bed any longer.  I immediately went into my scrapbook room, sat down at the computer and began typing.  This past week I have started a new regimen of steady writing, with no pauses for corrections or contemplation, to be sustained for at least 10 minute periods.  It is called Free Writing and the idea is to just use writing as an impetus for thought.  Simply the process of writing invites the flow of ideas.  Nothing wakes up the brain quite like simply typing to see what comes out.

It has been an enlightening exercise.  It doesn't matter that most of what comes out is "garbage".  The point then is to be able to sift through the garbage to find the pearls, to discover the treasure that lurks among the nonsense.

A timid person (who me?) would keep this dream to herself until it showed more signs of fruition.  I am deciding to do the bold thing by announcing my intention.  If I fail, I choose to do so before an audience.  I know how to light a fire under my own backside:  Accountability!

Thank you for your kind words of encouragement.  I feel like this will be my adventure to share with all of you.  Please join me as I embark upon this journey.  Who knows where it will lead?


5Youngers said...

I am SO excited for you. You are an amazing writer and I can't wait to read your first book. You can do it!!!

Kim said...

That's great Ardith ~ I've contemplated the same thing many times, but seem to never follow through. Accountability is a fabulous way to "light the fire under your backside" as you say ;-)
I think whatever you produce will be far from garbage!

Laura said...

Congratulations! I'm so excited for you!!

Sandi's Place said...

Good for you!!!!

Nancy said...

I'm so happy for you! I can't wait to read your book, I enjoy reading all your blogging so I know the book will be great!

neffie said...

how exciting! Good luck!!