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New Beginnings – Namaste 2017

Namaste 2017. I bow to the divine in you.

Blaise by the river – image by Kev Howlett

For many, 2016 was a hellish year. Not so for me, it was a year of recovery after the hellish year of 2015. But now we can look forward to new beginnings. I’m a big believer in energy and probably use more than I have, hence the need sometimes for downtime to recover. I have a good feeling about the energy of 2017. In numerology terms it equates to the number one (2 + 0 + 1 + 7 = 10. 1 + 0 = 1), so I view that as a chance to make new beginnings. To start fresh.

The down time over the new year has allowed me time to reflect and get creative, so I have fresh ideas to implement. I’ll be releasing my childhood memoir, The Road to Tralfamadore in June, as well as working on lots of other awesome publishing projects that we have simmering away.

I’m excited about 2017. Are you? Have you been writing, drawing, reading? Creating something? Don’t beat yourself up about it if you haven’t because you need time to regroup. When you do this, the creative juices start flowing. But always keep in mind that word energy. In order to create something, and finish something, we need to put energy into it. You having nothing to work with if you don’t make a start. And you can’t complete something unless you sit down and do the work.

Yes. I hate to tell you this but it takes work to make your dreams become real. It isn’t enough to manifest them. So stop talking about writing your book and put that butt on the chair and get to it. Start writing words. One word at a time. Eventually you’ll make something. It might not be gold but it’s something that you can polish until it is.

It wasn’t my intention to get all new agey in this blog. Sometimes when you sit down to write, your brain decides for you. Funny how that happens. Maybe it’s my brain telling me what I should be doing because I don’t always do what I tell others to do!

What are some things you can do to help you get your book written? Join a writing group, find an accountability buddy, hang out with other writers, do some writing workshops and get yourself organised with our Australian Writer’s Companion. Yes, all of these things will help but at the end of the day, it’s just you with your computer/tablet/pen and paper.

So. Let’s get cracking for a bumper year.

Blaise, the book chick

Why we write: self-expression

Writing for self-expression, image by Blaise van Hecke
Writing for self-expression, image by Blaise van Hecke

In my last blog, I talked about writing for significance, one of many reasons that people write. Self-expression is probably one of the first reasons that people start to write. And for many writers, the need to write is a compulsion or a way to offload, some feeling wound up if they can’t get back to this form of creating (it may be similar for other art forms).

Have you ever gone through adversity or struggled to come to terms with something but found it too hard to verbalise it to anyone? This is a very common experience. Writing it down can be the bridge between the writer, and a better understanding of a situation. In the act of writing, the problem may solve itself, or the writer may find a way to express it verbally to another person. The writing becomes an avenue of self-expression and therapy – quite a powerful activity and one to have been known to save a person from real pain and depression.

At some point, this act of self-expression may move from scribbling in a journal in private, to further outcomes like short stories, novels, poetry and memoir. This is a natural progression as the writer becomes more confident.

In the act of writing, no matter what genre, the writer gets to express beliefs, values, and ideas in a way that invites the reader to engage with them. It’s like having a private conversation with another person without interruption and fear of rejection. The writer can write his or her own truth and put it out there. It may be received in a positive way, or not, but it allows the writer to have a voice.

So while many people think to be a writer you need to be writing something commercial that earns money, it’s worth looking at the many facets to writing. The end result, where money is made, isn’t the whole story.