As a child and also as a teenager I enjoyed writing poetry. That came to a grinding halt when I got married and had children. I had no time for writing anymore.
Flash ahead two decades and I enrolled in a creative writing class at Red River College in Winnipeg. “Write about what you know.” This is what our instructor advised.
When I was studying for my counseling certification, I was introduced to the concept of journaling. This correlated really well with what I had learned in the creative writing class.
Journaling became a part of my daily routine. It also was a major influence in my decision to write my first book, When Glad Becomes Sad, which was published back in 2009.
That was also the year my marriage ended. My ex got custody of the computer we had shared and I bought a new laptop. Sadly my journals were never transferred to my laptop along with numerous other files. I was so upset and angry about this that I stopped journaling altogether.
Until December of 2013. I was living in Guadalajara and two of my housemates were computer gurus. One was also a web developer and he introduced me to the world of blogging.
I began publishing posts and also got back to daily journaling. And in 2015 my second book, Alive Again, was published.
Next I decided to try my hand at writing fiction, a huge change from the two self-help books I had published previously.
At first I had a blast creating characters and devising scenarios. I had an outline and I believed my plot and sequence were solid.
But the more I wrote, the more complicated it all became. On occasion the frustration would overcome the fun, and my work in progress would be set aside.
Yes that has been my experience for a while now. But…..the other day my characters once again began speaking to me!
Maybe there’s hope for publishing a third book.