As I wake up this morning I fell asleep in NYC and I wake up in Florida. This morning I am excited to be traveling to Florida to visit my family. This weekend is so important for me and my family. This is the weekend we find out the gender of what my sister is having. This journey for her has not been easy. There are so many women who dream of being mothers and have such a hard time being blessed with a child… and then there are women who get pregnant easily and want nothing to do with their children. These are the women that find their child to be a punishment, a curse… something created to hold them back. There are mothers who have no business being mothers… and then there are incredible women who were born to be mothers of the world… this is my little sister. I am praying for her health and the health of my unborn niece or nephew.
What is most important to me IS my family. I know that I can be detached and distant and completely lost and consumed in my writing… but they are THE most important people in my life… It is amazing the things you come to appreciate as you get older. When I was younger my family seemed to be this crazy entity that I was in constant battle with…
It was a battle for power… a battle for voice… a battle for independence… a battle for acceptance and understanding… a battle for freedom. I couldn’t wait to be rid of them… this is what I said to myself as a teen. I couldn’t wait to be free of them and the reign of terror/dictatorship I believed I was living in at the time. I know longer feel this way about them. I cherish all the moments I spend with them. I listen with a lot more attention. I hang on their every word. My family is my foundation and for their constant love and brutal honesty I will always be grateful.
Honoring my process… I write a lot about honoring our process/our writer’s process. As the years pass it will be important to show my parents, sisters and family what I do and why this is important to me. They don’t have to get it… it’s no longer about getting them to accept it or making them get this writer’s journey… they don’t have to get it… I must continue to do the work. And in doing the work I am honoring my process. This process has come at many sacrifices but there isn’t a day I don’t believe in what I am doing!
My intention for today is to be present… to be completely present and throw the most beautiful baby shower… and so it is
As I wake up this morning… (set timer for 5 minutes)
What is most important to me… (set timer for 5minutes)
Honoring my process… (set timer for 5 minutes)
My intention for today… (set timer for 5 minutes)
10 Minutes brainstorm… list some of your favorite story endings. Why are they your favorite? For me The Kite Runner and The Alchemist are some of my favorite endings. I was rooting for both characters every step of the way.
What was the journey of the characters? Great story endings make the reader feel something… what makes the stories you have selected great? BEGIN
30 minutes of writing… This is the moment when your character decides their final course of action… The last scene must be the most important and memorable scene in the novel or why should the reader even bother joining us on this journey. Describe this final course…
In the end… BEGIN!