Teacher, Writer, Experiencer of Life
Some time ago, I attended a great writing workshop that focused on the concept of "guilt"--the guilt we feel for allowing ourselves the time to write, and the guilt we feel for not doing so. I came away with something of a sense of relief. I now know and appreciate that writing can happen in a variety of ways, even when not a single word is put to paper.
When I'm thinking about characters and scenes, I'm writing. As I lie back on the sofa and read an amazing (or not so amazing) book, I'm feeding the writer in my head. When I re-read something I wrote a long time ago and roll my eyes at the clunkiness of it, or scratch out an idea that came to me and tuck it away, I'm being the writer I tell myself I need to be. And sometimes, when the moment hits me, I find that I can still crank out a halfway decent bit of writing.
This spring, my debut novel, "Ash Falls" will be released by the stellar indie house, Ig Publishing. It was an unexpected surprise, the acceptance from Ig. A delicious one that confirmed that tenacity and focus will often win out in the end.
So for now: To hell with guilt.