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Writing for me has been a very personal experience. So much so that I have found it very difficult to share. Some steps beyond the comfort zone can feel insurmountable. It was not until I looked at it with a Growth Mindset that I was able to start sharing. It has been a remarkable transition. I now look forward to getting constructive feedback from people, as opposed to it feeling as if I was skinned alive. My next step is a public reading of my first chapter, followed by a critique from the audience. The experience will be both terrifying and exhilarating. It is something I never could have imagined at the beginning of this year.
Many people might think of writing as a solitary experience. It can be at times. Other times it can be surprisingly social. As an introvert, I love the act of solitary writing while inspired. It is a feeling that not many things can match. However, there are other times that it is good to bounce ideas and work off other writers, or even write quietly among fellow writers. For an introvert like me, it is heaven. However, both of these were something that I was not involved in a month ago.
“Let the world burn through you. Throw the prism light, white hot, on paper.”
—Ray Bradbury, WD
They were the culmination of my personal goal review and restructure. After a particularly bumpy second & third quarter of 2019, I have had to revisit and reassess my goals. Two things have transformed my process. The first one was meditation. I found that meditation has calmed and quieted my mind enough to reinvigorate my focus. The life of a mom is loud, the life of a special needs mom is even louder. Meditation has allowed me to calm my mind and reclaim my concentration. It also quiets distractions, so my creativity can flow. I can now meditate for 10 mins, and start writing at home, surrounded by a boisterous family.
The second transformation has come through surrounding myself with like-minded people. I took my first weekend trip with a good friend, and I am finishing up my first travel article and post. I also joined multiple writing groups in the area. There are many options. Some groups offer critiques, some group writing experiences, and others hold classes. It is an amazing, thriving community, which I am just beginning to utilize.
By remaining flexible and adjusting to the unforeseeable bumps in life, your direction may alter slightly, or your goals might change altogether. This is ok. As humans, we are continually growing and evolving. The growth and change are what keeps you nimble. Only once you start to resist does your experience begin to deteriorate. My writing life has become fuller and richer then I could have imagined. My mind is a quieter, calmer space. I rediscovered my focus and tapped my creativity. These have all better prepared me for the next big step beyond my comfort zone.
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