Welcome to Following the Whispers blog
Thank you so much for taking the time to visit. Hope you enjoy your stay. I blog here whenever I feel the need. This blog was created at the time my memoir came out, in February, 2009. Its motto was: creating a life of inner peace and self-acceptance from the depths of despair. Now, my focus is sharing this journey we call life.
“Only one thing is more frightening than speaking your truth, and that is not speaking it.” Naomi Wolf
“We are called human beings, not human doings.” Wes Nisker, Buddhist teacher
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs…(And) if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.” Theodore Roosevelt
Friday, April 2, 2010
Trusting the Process
My memoir had a foundation (my past) and structure (my journals). I could choose a beginning and I knew the ending (at least as far as I'd come on my journey at the time of writing). Unless you are the kind of fiction writer who knows the story they want to write, writing a novel is a whole new world. All I have is this voice which came to me in Ireland saying, "tell my story." I am getting bits and pieces. Mark David said it's as if I have a giant jigsaw puzzle. The cover of the box is the novel, which already exisits, I just can't see it. The bits and pieces are the pieces of the puzzle, strewn over the floor. When you are working a jigsaw puzzle, you may get a few pieces that fit together, but you don't know where they go in the big picture for quite some time.
When I finished my memoir (a 10-year journey), I felt as if I'd made a jigsaw puzzle of my life and the things that happened to me made sense in ways they never had. Although there is no structure or foundation in writing this novel, the metaphor of the jigsaw puzzle is similar. Being someone who is extremely organized, I have to get comfortable with no structure and trust the process. It feels utterly chaotic.
There has been spiritual guidance about this work. One of the messages is that I hand-write, rather than write on the computer. Mark David suggested that at the end of the day, I type anything handwritten into the computer so that I can "organize" the bits and pieces as they come. The computer would make the work more accessible than handwritten pages. That gives me a "structure" I feel a bit more comfortable with.
Trust the process....trust the process...trust the process....my new mantra.