F for freedom or follow your heart #AtoZChallenge

My A-Z this year is about marketing, writing, and following my heart.  It’s been a really hard one to write, this one actually.
Following my heart means that I’m stepping away from lots of projects this year.  It means redoubling my focus on the writing that matters to me.  It means being ‘more present’ with my family, and less online.  It means working my ass off to get  to where I want to be, not where others think I should be.

It means letting go of the certainty that we’ll have a baby any time soon, while still keeping the faint hope alive. It’s been searching for a job that’s as fulfilling as freelancing.  It’s ignoring all those digging little voices that tell me I’m not worth it, that I must be doing something that I shouldn’t, that there’s no way I could do…there’s no way I should do.  It’s following the tiny, teeny voice that’s being shouted down by everything else around me.

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So, today, I wanted to talk about the freedom to be.  And the courage to write what you want.

It’s more than that though…

It’s more than that though – it’s the courage to write what the story demands.  What the voices that come to you, with that little voice inside you, the characters, the story, the core of what you want to say.
But, I’ll be honest.  I have no quick fix for this.  It’s difficult to find the courage to write what you want.  Until you remember that little voice.  The one that says ‘this is what happened, and this and this…’.  The one that says ‘that’s my story and I’m sticking to it’.

Find that voice, follow it.  It’s your heart.  It’s your story.

 

8 Comments

  1. Nya Rawlyns

    There are many readers who would debate that, unfortunately, and it takes a particular strength not to cave to expectations that have nothing to do with Story and everything to do with staying true to the characters.

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    • Kai

      I’m not sure how many of those “many readers” are writers though. not that it matters, but my experience is that I get the most pushback when (a) I’ve pulled the punch, literature-wise, or shied away from “that cliff” or b) a writer that would have written it differently.
      But I’d rather have people talking anout it I guess 🙂

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  2. Nya Rawlyns

    There are many readers who would debate that, unfortunately, and it takes a particular strength not to cave to expectations that have nothing to do with Story and everything to do with staying true to the characters.

    Reply
    • Kai

      I’m not sure how many of those “many readers” are writers though. not that it matters, but my experience is that I get the most pushback when (a) I’ve pulled the punch, literature-wise, or shied away from “that cliff” or b) a writer that would have written it differently.
      But I’d rather have people talking anout it I guess 🙂

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  3. Mardra

    OH MY! I relate to sooooo much of this here.
    a) Facing real life and trying to “market” and all of that fighting with the requirement, both internally and externally to create. ARRR. There, got that off my chest.
    And then…
    Oh I am fighting with a short story right now. Really fighting. Seriously – why won’t it let me tell it? What is the hold up? Why aren’t the characters doing what I tell them? Who’s in charge of this train anyway?!?!
    Oh. Sorry. I didn’t mean to yell. I guess I can see you know what I mean. Very best wishes with the words. 🙂

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  4. Mardra

    OH MY! I relate to sooooo much of this here.
    a) Facing real life and trying to “market” and all of that fighting with the requirement, both internally and externally to create. ARRR. There, got that off my chest.
    And then…
    Oh I am fighting with a short story right now. Really fighting. Seriously – why won’t it let me tell it? What is the hold up? Why aren’t the characters doing what I tell them? Who’s in charge of this train anyway?!?!
    Oh. Sorry. I didn’t mean to yell. I guess I can see you know what I mean. Very best wishes with the words. 🙂

    Reply

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