After completing my half marathon on October 20th within my goal time (1:57, no big deal), my next goal was to use the time I'd created in my life for running and shift my focus to writing. A few months ago I picked up a copy of Bird by Bird from the library, and devoured it in less than two days. Every single page woke me up to my love of writing a little bit more, and I finished it absolutely on fire to make room in my life for putting pen to paper (and fingers to keys).
In a very small way I've succeeded. I started carrying a small notebook and pen, and have jotted down dozens of random thoughts and ideas that are sure to have me committed, posthumously, if I ever meet with an unfortunate accident and said notebook is discovered on my person. But they're disconnected, disjointed observations that speak to a lack of focus on actually writing, rather than just intending to write.
My Dad (possibly secretly - I'm not sure.. Dad, am I supposed to know about this?) has been blogging a bit about a book he's reading (The Wise Heart - highly recommended by me), partially because focusing on a book is a good exercise to keep focused on writing. I realize that a tool for keeping me coming back is probably a good idea too, so I quickly selected the very first thing that I found (someone in my contacts Pinned it, and I'm just jumping on). Since this blog has always focused on my kids, I'll use 30 Things My Kids Should Know About Me as an exercise in writing for the next 30 days.
I'm not planning to become a top blogger (is that a goal?), or to write the next great, Canadian novel (but who wouldn't buy a book full of random advice/memories for my kids, amirite?!). I'm just planning to write more, for the sake of writing.
Writing can give you what having a baby can give you: it can get you to start paying attention, can help you soften, can wake you up. But publishing won't do any of that. - Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird