Today I worried less about grammar and instead questioned plot: where is this blog going? I was surprised when the writing took me to the past, instead of looking to the future, for answers.
There’s still a battle between ego and intuition, but observing the fight was fun.
Section one is the original first draft. In section two, I question the timing of what was written. Is it too soon to talk about backstory? I’ll let you decide.
—- SECTION ONE: UNEDITED FIRST DRAFT—-
Today Anne Lamott told me,
“Plot grows out of character. If you focus on who the people in your story are, if you sit and write about two people you know are getting to know better, day by day, something is bound to happen.”
I started this #100Day Writing Challenge with no plot; I had no idea where I was going, but knew I had to write. Even if it was poorly written with no real point; I had to start.
Back on my 29th birthday, I decided I wanted to be a writer. On August 28th, 2015, I hated writing (hated it since the 3rd grade). On August 29th, 2015, I pledged my life to it. Liz Gilbert gave a talk during the Awakening Feminine Power course I’d just started, and my life was changed forever.
When my fist son was born, although he was a surprise, I knew what was to be expected of me as a mother: love, care for, repeat. He changed my life forever, as did my second son in 2013, but Liz’s Big Magic was a whole other life changing moment.
This blog is my response to Liz’s call. What if instead of telling my kids to follow their dreams, I showed them?
— Times up —
—- SECTION TWO: REFLECTIVE DISCUSSION —
Referring to Anne’s quote, I’m the character in this story, and in six days I’ve learned so much about this New Nancy: Writer Nancy.
This post tells you a bit about my story, which I know is important, but I wonder if Day 7 is too soon to discuss this topic.
When is the best time to share the backstory of a character; fiction or non-fiction?
My gut tells me it’s too soon. Writing this piece stirred up a lot of emotions which led me to wonder, “Does this mean it’s good?” But my mid-life crisis career change is not a unique story.
Reliving and retelling this old story won’t help me get out of it, nor will it inspire others to journey with me as they’re likely living it too.
I want you to get to know me, and I want you to feel you can trust me. But here too I have to show, not tell.
I’m still moderating an inner battle between my ego and my intuition. My 3rd chakra (and ego) says,
“Follow the instructions and give your readers what they expect out of a blog. Pick a template that works and make a plan.”
But that’s old Nancy. That’s economist Nancy trying to get cast in this new story.
My 2nd chakra keeps guiding me towards creativity. She’s reminding me that I’ve already given birth to two incredible little lives. So why not create another for myself; create a new life as a writer.
Liz (Gilbert on Big Magic) and Claire (Zammit, founder Feminine Power) were first to say “hi” to Intuitive Nancy – Writer Nancy – and she’s been dying to speak more ever since.
So Writer Nancy says this post is done. She thanks Old Nancy for sharing some of her past, but now it’s time to look at the future.
Follow me on Instagram @onemomswords for Day 8 of my #100DayChallenge to see how I turn my first blog posts into something a little less terrible.
This is a new blog: no branding yet, no pictures yet, no writing voice yet, no newsletter yet. Just words. Lots of garbage words.