OK--don't pop over there just yet.
Let me tell you what I've been thinking about first.
My Fiction Writing Skills.
Yes--my fiction skills because you see, most everything I've ever written and had published has been nonfiction--until I got the crazy idea that if I was ever to be a real writer I had to write a fiction book.
Going back to Elaine's father's post (you can read the real version later)--I thought about my three earliest memories. One of them had to do with wetting my pants in third grade. Really embarrassing for a shy little girl.
My second earliest memory is going to a family reunion with over fifty cousins and not knowing anyone. I wanted to sit by my mother's side the whole day.
And my third earliest memory is of when my mother left me at a Brownie meeting on the wrong day and I had to walk home across town all alone in a snow suit.
Most of my memories involve embarrassment and being insecure in a situation-kind of like I am with my writing. Elaine's father said most of us are still working on overcoming the feelings from those early memories. I think his words might be true when it comes to my writing.
Sometimes it is much easier to stick to what we feel comfortable doing. I like writing nonfiction--I have a nice folder of clips that I can riffle through when I feel unsure about my abilities.
But fiction--ah . . . now that's a family reunion just waiting to be attended. I have the choice to attend or stay home. Going won't make me a better writer but it just might be fun. This time I'm going to put on my biggest smile and walk into the crowd and see what happens.
How about you? Are you still working on pushing through some of your early memories and how are they showing up in your writing endeavors?
Now--please go read that awesome post and see what your take-away is!