Ideas and More Ideas

So, right now there are many ideas flowing through my head of how I can branch out with my writing. Which has me very excited! I’m going to stop being so scared of the ideas that come to me. I’m going to stop killing the possibility of what those ideas can become before I even do anything with them. I’m working on not being my own enemy and letting doubt get the better of me.

Right now I currently have to “series” that I’m working on. The first one is Thank You and the second one is Quotable Ponderings. Neither one of these will be extremely long series, but working out the ideas of doing series for my blog has kept my mind engaged on expressing my writing in different ways. I have to keep creating which is the point of this entire process. I don’t want my bread and butter to merely be poetry.

I’m working through my doubts and fears. I’m going to get much better about working my ideas into something more. I want to see my ideas come to life. And the only person who can make that happen is me. Here’s to getting better as a writer.

Bread and Butter

Hands down, my comfort zone is poetry. So there will be a lot of poetry on this site because I literally have thousands of poems dating back to my high school days. My bread and butter is poetry, but after participating in NaNoWriMo last year, I definitely want to branch out more with storytelling. It’s a lot harder and requires a lot more discipline and planning, but I’m up for the challenge. I have to be. I mean, I do have a first draft of a novel waiting to be edited (I just haven’t built up the courage yet!).

But I don’t want poetry to merely be my bread and butter. After writing a novel in a month while juggling a husband, toddler, full-time job and at the time, moving, I feel like I can take on short stories and then work towards another novel. I just want to write! I have to write! I need to write! It’s a requirement for me, like breathing.

A Story to Tell

Every person has a story worth being told. At least I think so. I often wish that I could tell every story in the world, but that is not a realistic possibility. However, it does not stop me from making up a couple of stories a day. One day I will write a story about a person’s life that will change the world. That is my ultimate dream.

I don’t remember what started my fascination with writing, but for as long as I have wanted to write about people. I would like to be a biographer, but in my own kind of way. I started with my mom’s parents and then my dad’s parents. And boy oh boy, they had some interesting stories. Those interviews took place over ten years ago and I’m glad I started with them because all of them have since passed. Both of my grandmothers kept diaries and I inherited those. I did multiple follow up interviews with all of them as well. My grandparents led very interesting lives and thankfully I got their written permission to share their stories with the world whenever I felt it was time for them to be shared.

After getting my grandparents’ stories, I moved onto my parents. It was awkward at first because I really wasn’t sure what to expect. But it wasn’t bad at all. If anything, it brought me a newfound appreciation for my parents. They still aren’t as cool as all of my grandparents, but I definitely respect them a hell of a lot more than I did before.

And that is where I stopped interviewing people. I have a long list of people who I feel are worth interviewing, but I keep coming back the my grandparents and their stories. It feels like something is there. I can’t exactly put my finger on it, but I do know that right in front of me is a very good story waiting to be told. No, scratch that, in front of me are multiple stories waiting to be told!

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