I recently stepped out of my non-fiction comfort zone and took a wonderful ten week novel writing course. My fellow writers were a joy to be with and provided an incredible richness of voice. As we were invited each week to read out our work, not only were we rewarded with brilliant stories but the voices and accents used bought each persons ditty alive. Some hilariously so.
If you are like me, you love to write in any form. I journal, make notes, mostly write non-fiction and now a novel. Writing nourishes my soul; it feeds my mind; it enables me to share my thoughts, feelings and voice with you.
For a moment think about something you have recently read, how did it make you feel, what action did you take after reading it, were you nourished?
This weekend I was treated to this
Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing
and rightdoing there is a field.
I’ll meet you there.
When the soul lies down in that grass
the world is too full to talk about. Rumi
I wish I could describe to you adequately how these words make me feel, I can’t, I only know that my heart feels full.
Other beautiful writing that I adore is shared by Tyler Knott Gregson http://tylerknott.com/. I invite you to grab a cuppa, click and read.
What of your writing?
When you decide to write a book, it must have a purpose, not just the goal of filling a niche or simply because you want to share your knowledge, skills or experiences, it must be because it nourishes you to write it, and you know it will nourish others.
Can a how-to book be nourishing?
Yes, I believe that it can. When you share your how to, a part of you is giving a gift. This gift is something that you can probably do without thinking, for others that may not be the case. You nourish their souls when they try out what you suggest, or when they connect to your story, and that my friend is very special.
But I don’t know how to write
Of course, you do. Grab a pen and paper and make a to-do list – there you go, a list of things that need doing. When you have ticked them off and accomplished your deeds for the day, you will feel nourished. Next grab a journal and write about your day, what you did and how it felt to get things done. I bet that feels great, everything out of your head and space to reflect.
Now blog about what you have learnt and how you might do something different next time, and offer advice to your fellow readers.
Take a leap
When you have been journaling and blogging for a while, notice what comes up, what are the themes that you connect to like no other. Could there be a book brewing? Imagine if the writing (because you are now a writer) that nourishes you, could be formed into something with structure that could change one other persons life. And then the next and the next. How would that feel?
Pick a moment today to put pen to paper. Stop what you are doing, look around and notice, be a witness to life around you. Consider the sounds, colours, smells and tastes. How does all of this resonate with you? It may be one word or many. Just write and nourish.
What is the title of your next book?