Humility and Respect for the Process

Touched By Words – The Journey of a Writer is almost three years old.  In this time, I have met some challenging, terrible, people who stand with nose raised as a ‘published’ author.  Thankfully I have met more amazing, wonderful, encouraging people who are also ‘published’ authors.  I’ve learned that the writing world is a very different and interesting place to be.  For the most part there is encouragements, a wealth of information to read and explore.  Thousands of opportunities to take classes, workshops and seminars.  As well as writing circles, book clubs and sharing a place in the shade of a park with just one other person as you put pen to page is just as amazing.

I really had no idea what I was going to try and accomplish beginning this journey.  Don’t’ they say it’s not the destination – it IS the journey?  Well, that is absolutely true.  I’ve been walking the writer’s path religiously since June 2012.  I’ve learned a lot, yet I know there are volumes more waiting.  There are people I’ve met writing their first book with no end in sight.  It has been a true labor of, well, I’m not sure love anymore, and five years later are still putting down the building blocks down for the story.

There are also people I’ve met that are on their third book.  With a bright smile they share their stories and knowledge, but also want to hear my story.  Talk about a rush!  Really?  You’d like to hear my story?  Wow!

When my daughters took beginners classes in piano, as well as workshops in basketball and soccer, and even horseback riding lessons for a time.  The word competition was often heard.  It was never just for the love of something.  There was always going to be a concert, a tournament, an end of year something.  Writing is not like that at all.  It is between you and you.

You can choose to be your worst enemy or best friend.  You can bitch and moan and shout and complain, or create beautiful poetry, a love sonnet, funny story, or heartfelt memory.  It is your decision, your passion, your joy.  There is no finish line.

I thought this months blog was going to be my announcement that my first book was complete.  That I have worked hard, followed my editor’s direction and advice, re-written, re-formatted, re-configured and re-thought chapters.  And I did, but what I did not count on was my enthusiasm.  I worked so fast and furious that I made mistakes.  For example, I copied certain sections or pages that I wanted moved, but neglected to turn off the Control C – so in turn it copied that section again without me even realizing it.  To the point I corrupted my own file.  My novel looked like it fell down and shattered into a thousand pieces.

So instead of announcing my book is a solid first draft awaiting evaluation.  I am untangling my story.  Chapter by chapter, line by line.  It is mind numbing.  But you know what?  It had to happen.  It has made me slow down, look more carefully at what I’m doing and what I’m writing.  As I pick up the pieces and begin to stitch them back together – I see improvement.  A stronger design, a better use of thread, fabric that is bold.  It has turned out to be exactly what should have happened.  I needed this to happen without realizing the ‘why’ behind it.

So dear reader – as I complete this blog for August.  I announce that I am hoping my book will be completed to the best of my ability – soon.  But not today.  I encourage you to look at the bumps in your life, in your writing and observe it with a craftsman’s eye – what is right in front of you, and how you can learn from it, grow from it, and be a better writer because of it.  I wish you patience and humility and in the end – pride.

Pride to accomplish what you want to do in the best way you can do it.  So take your time.  Live in your story a while.  Push it aside and when you come back to it, I bet you’ll see there are things you can and will write better than before.  I’d LOVE to hear from you!

Breathe Deep, Think Peace

Patty

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About Patty Young

Patricia Young spent most of her life in the Northeast. Before the casinos arrived and many of the safety rails installed, she would walk Bushkill Falls and enjoy time in a little cabin by Meadow Lake near the Delaware Water Gap. The school year was spent in New Jersey, but many summers were spent in Mississippi where she wandered in the woods, ride horses, reading comic books and played with cousins. After graduating from college with a degree in education, she taught fifth grade in Queens. When rent climbed higher than her salary she working for a defense industry in Yonkers before starting a small business called, The Giving Tree Day Care. For fifteen years she was fondly "held hostage by two year olds!" Writing every day for in a notebook for each child to keep communication open and flowing to the families. Fast forward to the spring of 2013 diagnosed with sever carpal tunnel syndrome (she does NOT recommend having both hands done at the same time! Often wondering "What was I thinking?!") Physical therapy and time slowly began the healing process and gardening strengthened her hands. After an unexpected, but deeply personal journey to Montana in the fall of 2013 she decided it was time to reinvent herself and embrace her passion for words. With renewed confidence, and a plan to do the work necessary to become a writer, she began writing every day (with the help of 750Words.com - thank you Kellianne and Buster!), submitting to a variety of magazines and contests to practice the craft. As well as participating in the Learning to See poetry programs offered at the local library. Attending writing retreats, workshops, lectures, taking classes, reading and immersing herself in the process. She began to work with writers and authors in the tri-state area. Presently living in Westchester New York Patricia lives with her husband of 29 years, two daughters – both attending college and grad school and a dear college friend – all under the roof of a little cape cod. Its snug – but the laughter and support is rich and full! Patricia is working on her first novel with her editor, with hopes and dreams and fingers crossed to find an agent in the fall of 2015. You are invited to join her on this journey of a writer. To experience her trials, successes and stumbles along the way. Perhaps it will help you find your brave, and if writing is in your soul - to join her. Share your stories and maybe together we will unravel some of the complexities of this life. To heal, hope and learn what we can from one another, in the time we have. To listen and hear one another's stories. Breathe Deep, Think Peace Patty
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5 Responses to Humility and Respect for the Process

  1. bodyworkspt says:

    I love this. Thank you.

  2. mine was a simple, but as frustrating, as a blank page that somehow – how? – got in there when I’d thought I’d gotten them all – grrr!

  3. now my pdf download to proof just doesn’t look right

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