The novel I am currently working on is entitled Quiet. My main character, Quincy Avalee has decided to no longer utter a single word. In fact she will not speak until twenty years later.
Her vow started in response to an aunt’s indiscretion but has grown into much, much more. It is her mantra, her means of connecting with the larger things of life and disconnecting with the small.
Quincy has stopped speaking to me as well. She is a very complex character and getting her story out, onto the page lately, has been a heart wrenching struggle, much like pulling teeth.
But as stubborn and strong willed as Quincy has proven to be, she has met her match. I will not give in and allow her story to go untold nor unexplored, it’s way too enriching. I shall continue to dig into the recesses of this imaginary person’s mind and get her truth out. It is incredible to me that even I, her very own creator, would have to endure the quietness of her tongue.
Ishmael Reed said ‘writin’ is fightin’. I must admit, there’s a rumble going on at my keyboard! And when it’s over, I’ll have my novel and Quincy will have a very special gift from yours truly – her very own story.
Hard fought words from the…
Voice Of A Writer
My fellow writers, artist, aspiring entrepreneurs, risk takers, go-getters and out of the box movers and shakers: I know that we all find ourselves discouraged from time to time on the journey. After all it’s no wonder that over the centuries, artists have been known to be deeply depressed in addition to being profoundly talented.
The same source that produces talent makes room for the unpleasant too. It is us (referring to the aforementioned) who (through the grace of God) take it and make it the pleasantries for the masses to enjoy, appreciate and understand. Until they do – – the world simply does not fully appreciate what we have to offer.
Did the world appreciate Steve Jobs when he was a ‘whiz kid’ building computers and programs in his parents’ basement? How about the multitude of others who are now well-known or well-appreciated that make up and empower our world… our lives. Before they were ‘known’, before that big break or groundswell… was there room for disappointment and discouragement in their lives?
Sure it was. That is universally how life runs it’s course: ebb and flow, ups and downs, rain and sunshine. No one is immune.
However, for the artist or the square peg it is sometimes particularly more pronounced. Lack of empathy or camaraderie or even guilt may overshadow the internal pain of discouragement and blow it out of control and for some, become depression.
Borrowing from scripture, I say: take heart… Jesus has overcome the world!
Be grateful. Take hold of your faith and allow it to overcome the present disappointments. Emphasize the good that your uniqueness has gifted you with and dismiss negative thinking. Thinking/believing/living in this manner is how gratitude really looks. Persevering is the antidote to discouragement. Persevering is gratitude in action.
Go. For. GRATITUDE.
Busy preparing for my upcoming presentation. When you speak from the heart and have facts to back you up, you can’t go wrong. Right?
This is truly a case of preparation meeting opportunity: Studying. Reading. Questioning. Exploring. Growing. Et cetera. Keep preparing. Watch the opportunities come.
I had a great experience today while being interviewed on Doing the Do. I had previously talked about my screenplay, Goodbye Me. Today, I talked about an upcoming speaking engagement regarding a topic I’m passionate about, maybe you are too, listen to the show and decide for yourself.
Thought-to-Finish/Conception-to-Completion – A writer’s journey: