Saturday, October 9, 2010

Fill the Paper...

"Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart."
William Wordsworth

I always knew I wanted to write. I remember writing my first story about a pencil that could take you to a magical land. It was one and a half pages long written in big, careful grade one printing. When I was in Grade Seven my favourite part of the day was writing in my journal. Oh the possibilities! I would write a story about my weekend or a poem about my twelve year old life. Every morning I would look forward to reading the comment from my teacher. One morning I opened that journal and read the most inspirational comment I have ever received. It said, simply, “send me your first book.” I continued to write poems and short stories throughout high school. In my early twenties I took a lot of creative writing classes finally ending up in journalism school.

When I had my children writing took a back seat for a while, replaced by the important task of raising newborns. During those years I read a lot of great books while immersed in child rearing. Now my children are getting older and I'm starting to have a little extra time here and there. I felt the need to write again just before the summer when I started this blog. I love having a creative outlet. I love sitting down at my computer and wondering what will end up on the page that day.

Today I start on another journey that involves my creative aspirations. I am taking a twelve week writing class with a well known author. By the end of the class I should (will!) have a good start to my book. I am excited but also a little scared. Christmas preparations are looming. School activities don’t stop. Winter colds are sure to invade our household at some point.

The step I’ve taken is out of my comfort zone but it’s time.

“I write because I write - as anyone in the arts does. You’re a painter because you feel you have no choice but to paint. You’re a writer because this is what you do.”

Richard Price

What are you doing this month that is out of your comfort zone?


  1. I can't wait to read your book!

  2. I can't wait to read your book either! :) This is very exciting. This class sounds like a great opportunity. I also want to write, and am trying to figure out how to get to a writing conference that I want to attend in January.

  3. Yesterday, I went to an all-day workshop with a well-known picture book writer/illustrator. We made storyboards for our own stories and played with paints and crayons and stencils. Inspirational! It was a day out of my ordinary life as a Mum to three little ones and a freelance editor working from home. Now I have to figure out a way to make this writing part of my daily life. Good luck, Valerie!

  4. oh congrats on taking the plunge for the class! wonderful. you will be filled with inspiration i'm sure.

    i was also that kid, writing about inanimate objects coming to life. having a blog has been magical. to have a place to express myself so readily is amazing.

    i've accepted i'm not a poetic fiction writer, but that i do have a gift for connecting with others. so i will focus my writing skills towards non-fiction. and i love photography, mixed media......
    recently i got out of my comfort zone by offering my intuitive mentoring to a wider aidienc. it iS scary. but worth it.

    enjoy the process!

  5. Thanks so much for all of your inspiring words! The daily writing is the challenge of course. I think the process of attending class and having deadlines will help get things flowing. I wish you all well on your amazing creative endeavors.