The past week seems like it’s been a turning point for me. I hate to say that “out loud” because I’ve said it before and it always backfires. But things seem different this time. Somehow.
It started with seeing Maya Angelou and really taking her words to heart and it ended with the Mrs. Thor conversation I wrote about yesterday. And I’ve written almost 2,000 words since Saturday, starting my novel over once again, but this time with a new attitude. It’s not about how fast I can write it this time. It’s about letting it pace itself. I’m letting the words flow as quickly or slowly as they choose. I feel like this will help the quality of my writing and put the kibosh on the inner critic all artists have, no matter the genre.
In the middle of all that, I had a conversation with Leigh. Leigh is a writer and a member of my friend Leslee’s writing group. I met Leigh when we both went to see Leslee’s husband’s band play I guess more than a year ago now. I liked Leigh and her husband a lot and immediately found her on Facebook. We’ve been Facebook friends ever since, and Leigh has been a regular reader and strong supporter of this blog. But until the Maya Angelou speaking event, I had not yet met Leigh again in person.
Leigh recently started her own blog, Writer’s Roadhouse. Naturally, our conversation Wednesday night revolved around writing and blogging. Leigh was the first person of the week to give me a compliment on my writing. I can’t remember the exact words, but it was something about my voice and my blog posts being varied and interesting and nice to read. Perhaps that was my first sign.
So, to make a long story short, check out Writer’s Roadhouse. It’s a mix of Leigh’s own writing, advice for aspiring authors and recipes. Cooking, after all, is an art in itself and us creative types usually enjoy it.