The other thing I'm doing is reading a lot. Yesterday, I mentioned a writing book that I was reading. In response, Sherilee, my dear blog friend that I hope to meet in real life one day soon, suggested the book Bird by Bird.
Her suggestion was more significant than she could have imagined. Many years ago, a friend gave me the book because she had heard me talking about my writing dreams. At the time, that's all they were. Dreams. I used to talk about it once in a while more like a distant fantasy than anything I expected to actually happen. When she gave it to me I tried reading it but after a few pages I put it down. I didn't really connect to what the writer was saying in the book. I never picked it up again thinking that it wasn't that good.
Well, last night, because of Sherilee's suggestion, I decided to give it another try. I started reading and couldn't stop. What she said not only made perfect sense to me but was a good guide in terms of the steps I need to take today and every day going forward if I want to complete my challenge.
The difference between all those years ago and today is that I'm so much more ready to receive her message. I credit a great deal of that to this blog. When I started this blog some friends didn't understand why I was "wasting" time writing on a blog. But the one year I spent writing every day (and the very small publishing triumph which came out of the blog) gave me what I needed to start on this journey: the practice of writing on a regular basis, the courage to try and express thoughts on paper quickly without fear of mistakes or criticism, and the knowledge that something wonderful can come out of that writing.
That was a very long way of saying thank you for sticking with me on my blog and giving me feedback. It means a lot.