By Diane E. Bokor
Hello again from the Newbie Writer, who a few months ago decided to get serious and develop professional habits. I am happy to report that I have been chipping away at my essay project, producing lots of words on the page. Hooray!
I write to you from Camp NaNoWriMo (the thirty days of April). My days here at the (virtual) Camp have been significantly rearranged. Well before dawn’s early light, well before the first bird sings, I wake to the inner trumpet call, the reveille, the call to the keyboard.
A Writer told me, “Write before your inner critic wakes up.”
That advice seems to work.
Work. The word keeps coming up. When I discuss my project with non-writer friends, I often get,
“Oh, that sounds like a lot of work,” as they shake their heads, no-no-no-not-for-me.
Work, as in that school essay they were assigned.
Another Writer told me, “Give yourself space and time to really wander, to really enjoy the process, especially of the first draft.”
So daily, here at Camp NaNo, I get lost each morning, playing in the woods of words, writing only about things that interest me. It is becoming a habit.
I have a strong work ethic. I admire those with a strong work ethic. But the work of creative writing versus the work of chores on the mundane to-do list…Aye, there’s the rub. I’ve been trained to get up before the birds to keep my household running smoothly. It comes naturally to me to start a day by tidying the house, responding to emails and calling customer service about yet another situation that needs to be resolved.
Here at Camp, I get the writing done first and go about the day with this funny virtuous feeling in my heart. I fed my starved inner Artist (who has been hiding in the dark for decades). I worked toward my Goal.
As James Brown would say, “I feel good!”
A new way to live. Writer with a capital W. Thank you to the women of Montana Women Writers, who show up to share and support and show the way.
Your new friend,