To my Writer’s Notebook – I just want to say…….I get you now!
I used to carry you around because I felt I had to.
I felt like you were something I should understand because all the authors I look up to understand you – and use you well. And, I want to be like them.
So, I forced it.
I went on a road trip out west the summer of 2011 and I was determined to write in you. You just sat in the back seat – never opened. Oh, you were talked about. Alot. There were the miles and miles of windmills in Nebraska. “I should draw a picture showing how cool these look!” Or, the crazy mountain roads of Aspen. “I should write about the shock and awe I feel while driving on these foggy, snowy roads in July!” Then there was the breathtaking Grand Canyon. “I should write about its beauty and depth!” Nope, nope and nope. I was excited about all those things I was seeing, but I just wasn’t feeling the writing part.
Then, about a year later I was writing a graduation speech. I thought – now I will have a use for you! But, no. Again, I tried. I wrote a few quotes in you that I’d heard from TV and from other speeches. But then I just started writing the entire speech – and everyone knows that’s not right!
Then, I was introduced to this writing challenge. A simple, yet huge thing in my life changed. I would write about the “every day” stuff. I would also write about memories I have that linger somewhere in my brain. I would write stories, try a poem (soon, I hope!), and try to be funny once in a while…..every day! To do this I needed to get all those snippets of memories written down. I looked at the table by my bed and there you were….just waiting to be rediscovered. What a great friend you are – to wait for me until I was ready to understand your importance. 🙂