Sunday, April 17, 2011
Return to Redemption
But what happens when "following your dreams" causes you to be paralyzed into inactivity?
When the finish line to your dreams is equivalent to the distance of a marathon and you're convinced your stamina and endurance is more of a weekend jogger?
At times like these, a sturdy push - not a gentle nudge - is needed to regain momentum.
A blog posting by fellow writer Jo Knowles provided just that push for me several weeks ago.
I've never met Jo, a Vermont-based freelance writer and the author of Jumping Off Swings.
Our paths have crossed in Twitterland, however, when I started following her posts and reading her LiveJournal entries.
One recent entry, Write Like There's No One in the Room, offered my catalyst.
In it, Jo writes of the challenge of paying the bills through her freelance work while longing to write the novels of her dreams - the type of meaningful writing she wants to do...not for anyone else but herself.
Reading the post gave me pause to reflect upon one of my own writing projects that has languished far too long - cast aside by the hectic pace of life and the challenge the project represents.
It's working title is "Redemption" and it is my first attempt at a fiction novel.
"Redemption" was inspired by a drive along a country road in Maine where the sign atop a bottle and can redemption center caused me to think of a various meanings of the word "redemption" and their application in a person's life.
The idea blossomed into a plot and then a manuscript that grew quickly and substantially to its current size of 79,000 words captured on 225 double-spaced pages.
And then it stalled - doomed because of its size and the consistent time needed to research and write its remaining sections.
Until three weeks ago.
That's when I decided to modify the path on which I have been traveling.