Music, writing and the first chapter is posted

This blog post was written while listening to the instrumental version of

With or Without You by U2

Powerful music to influence and inspire.

I didn’t know who Alan Cohen is but he said this cool quote:

Do not wait until the conditions are perfect to begin. Beginning makes the conditions perfect.

I looked him up and found out who he is. Here’s another one of his quotes I latched on to:

Do not resist events that move you out of your comfort zone, especially when your comfort zone was not all that comfortable.

These two quotes resonate with me these days. While I pondered them, I came across another one, this time by Winston Churchill:

A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.

These are all topics that are occupying my brain cells lately. Waiting for perfect conditions which never come, dealing with the easy way out by remaining inside my safe and monotonous comfort zone, and allowing pessimism or negativity to rule over opportunity and possibility.

Fear and apprehension are alive and well within me, it appears.

On that note:

How is your novel writing coming along? Your blogging?

Are you focused, determined?

Are you doing it, whatever your it is?

Are you writing?

I’ve recently loaded the trial version of Scrivener to help me organize my memoir better. While playing around with its features, I re-wrote the first chapter. It sounds more elaborate now, more descriptive than previously. This happened because I had all this space away from it. I’ve been ignoring my book for a year. I was waiting for perfect conditions to appear somehow so  I could begin again.

The conditions are never perfect. Winston Churchill explains this in his quote. Which is why I recently dug through my email, pulled up all my draft chapters, and loaded them into Scrivener.

Re-reading was uncomfortable. Alan Cohen cites this in his quote about comfort zones. Which is why his quote is plastered on my blog post here now. It’s supposed to keep me on track. (Scrolling up to read…)

I did in fact re-read my first chapter and traveled back to the day of that unfortunate event, the beginning of my story. I realized something. The images which penetrate my brain this time around, after all the space I’ve self-imposed over the last months, woke up my memory. Somehow, revisiting the event evoked a more expressive way of describing things this time around.

My physical surroundings of that fateful day were conspicuously absent in my first draft. Why did I leave out the descriptions? Are they not crucial to the reader to help form an image in their head? A subjective image?

The way the scene unfolded for me will unfold completely differently for my readers. I am not only the protagonist in the initial scene, the scene actually happened to me. I am not writing fiction, not making any of it up. So what I see inside my head is what I saw when I was there. What I felt, what I experienced.

This is not true for you. When you read, you form your own images inside your head. No matter how accurately I describe my scene, willing you to see it my way, your interpretation will display its own version of my event inside your head.

For example, there is a word in the first few paragraphs that may imply a background scene of mountains. Do you see mountains when you read that word? You’ll have to read the chapter to see what I mean.

It is incredibly difficult to open oneself up to be interpreted, analyzed, critiqued.  It’s hard to stay optimistic and aim to welcome, rather than resist, feedback. Is this what Mr. Churchill meant?

Chapter 1 can be found on the menu labeled Chapter 1 up near Home and About on the header.

Or click here:  read Chapter 1 of my memoir.

Happy reading! And don’t be shy, talk to me in the comments.

 

 

 

 

11 Replies to “Music, writing and the first chapter is posted”

  1. So brave of you for sharing! Yay! And also brave of you to return to the project and dig into the editing part. I hate that part – I just hate reading my own writing. I imagine movie stars feel the same about watching themselves onscreen. It’s hard! Good luck to you – I know it’s going to be awesome :).

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  2. Ooh I found this very inspiring and so true. I need to now go back and face re-reading my first draft and am dreading it as it’s going to be a hard slog. I really really want to read your chapter and will as soon as I get a minute!

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  3. Interesting quotes. I’m proud to report I have a brand new finished picture book draft as of today. I’ve been spending most of my writing time marketing my upcoming debut, writing blogposts, and revising some other writing. The giddy feeling of a new draft is awesome. When nothing needs to be perfect and the goal is simply to create characters and a story arc.
    Thanks to my puppy Charlie for the inspiration for this new story!

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      1. Thanks! I struggle sometimes to prioritize new writing but if I don’t draft, there’s nothing to revise. Yesterday, watching Charlie play in the snow was all the inspiration I needed. Hope your writing is going well.

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      2. I actually like my first chapter now an d looking forward to edit the others. This was not the case before, I felt more stuck or crippled. Publishing samples on the blog was a big step too. Thank you for your support.

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