The power of sharing my writing: Day 28 of the 30 Day Challenge.
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I’m nearly at the end of my 30 Day Challenge with screwworkletsplay.com. I set myself the challenge during 30 days in March of reconnecting with my creativity, getting in the writing flow.
It started off with a big whinge – I was a writer without an audience, someone whose work was buried treasure or possibly buried rubbish, but it was certainly buried away.
Over the last 28 days I’ve been writing every day in timed sessions which is giving me confidence and excitment, and this blog has given me a platform to share my work and thoughts about writing. Some of the work on here is rough and ready stage, and some, like my novel, has been honed for a long time. The point is I’ve been sharing it, and getting positive responses (responses below have been left on my personal email) such as this about the video of me reading from my novel :
- Comment by Katherine: “Brilliant writing and I love the title!”
- Comment by Frank on my video Ivy: “Wow… this is GREAT Grace and you are brilliant for sharing on vid – I loved the way you read your work……bringing it to life…….wonderful !”
I’m not sharing this to brag – just to say that being encouraged has had a great positive effect on me and how I think of myself.
By writing more and sharing more I’ve kicked away some of the long term writing blocks and I can hold my head high and say I am a writer.
But what have I achieved? This blog for a start, and although I’m obsessed with the amount of page views I’m getting – 471 to date, I’m also finding an audience – these are the countries from where people are viewing my blog:
UK, US, Germany, Australia, Spain, Canada, India, Venezuela, Netherlands, South Africa.
I have friends in 4/10 of those countries, that’s all! If you’re reading from Venezuela please say hello!
What’s made me happiest is that I’ve recaptured that breathless joy that I had as a kid when the pen was running away with me as I tried to capture the world by using words and language.
Finally, I’ve been making videos and have entered two competitions and written the following new stories and poems during the 30 days: Conceive, Waterley Cross, Collection Day, Easton, George and Fran, Ivy, Donor, Cornish Inspiration, Cornish Quarry and House. I also read out a couple of pieces at acoustic night at Halo Cafe Bar Open Mic. I came back on such a high – I love reading in public – I want to go on with this and see where it leads. Writing is what I was born to do.
STOP PRESS: Just heard that I’ve had my micro-poem (a tweet’s worth) accepted for publication on the Easton Arts Trail ! The poem will be displayed and laminated on location in Easton.
Here’s the winning poem about Easton in 140 characters
Find ackee, aniseed, cardamom, chrysanthemum
halloumi, halva, honeyed pearls
Find ghee, graffiti, mosques and midwives
yam, zithers and zatar.
Here’s a quote to end with:
“I believe that we learn by practice. Whether it means to learn to dance by practicing dancing or to learn to live by practicing living, the principles are the same. In each, it is the performance of a dedicated precise set of acts, physical or intellectual, from which comes shape of achievement, a sense of one’s being, a satisfaction of spirit. One becomes, in some area, an athlete of God. Practice means to perform, over and over again in the face of all obstacles, some act of vision, of faith, of desire. Practice is a means of inviting the perfection desired.”
― Martha Graham