Yesterday marked a milestone – I finished proofreading/editing a book written by my friend, Hannah Bauman, and sent over my suggestions to her. I was thrilled when she initially asked me to read over it, and the process of going through it page-by-page was even more fun than I anticipated. If you are a writer looking for tips and inspiration, you’ll want to check out her book when it is officially published. Visit Between the Lines Editorial for the latest updates.
Times like these make me remember why I write. I’m not in search of a grammatically “correct” world (the horror!) or a lengthy description of every thought and moment in history (some moments should dissipate with the next passing breeze). I just genuinely love the process of reading through someone’s writing – whether my own or someone else’s – and recognizing the amazing things they have already said while identifying ways that may help them convey even more ideas.
With this editing project finished, I am still writing for a few blogs and am seeking additional opportunities to keep expanding my portfolio. The World Environmental Conservancy, as part of my volunteer work with them, has extended an opportunity for me to attend a summit (for free) in November, which I’ve accepted and will be heading to Atlanta for in a few months. If you are a writer who feels nervous to jump in and “get started,” let this situation be an example of all the opportunities you may be missing out on by not going for it!
I am also reading whenever I can and have just finished The Family Way by Rhys Bowen, a “cozy” mystery involving the fictional detective Molly Murphy in early 20th century New York. I’ve now moved onto Peony in Love by Lisa See. I previously read See’s Snow Flower and the Secret Fan which I adored, and Peony in Love seems just as promising for providing a fascinating perspective of female life in historical China.
Despite all of these great things that are happening, I still find myself wanting to accomplish more with my writing. I am at a point where I find it necessary to take a step back from my writing process and reflect on my goals and intentions.
In the coming months, I expect that I am going to take some bigger leaps into focusing my writing, rather than let it remain the amorphous ball of habits and goals as it currently stands.
What this change will look like, I am not yet sure, but I am thinking it will involve more networking with writers, financial compensation for writing, more Paper Crow posts, and maybe even yet another venture into Nanowrimo?
As for now, I am grateful for the opportunities I have and wish you all a successful week pursuing your own dreams! As my aunt always used to tell me – Don’t wish your life away. Recognize what brings you joy and happiness, cherish those moments, and don’t spend your time waiting around for them to come to you!