Originally, I planned to teach creative writing and write fiction on the side. Over twenty years ago, Natalie Goldberg released her now-classic book, Writing Down the Bones. I read it in undergrad and this plus Ann Lamott’s Bird by Bird and considered them both indispensable maps on how to craft my life of writing. Now, I’m a writer freelancing in Colorado Springs and while it does have me offering writing service on the daily–it doesn’t have me using my creative writing skills in the same way I did when I was writing fiction and poetry and teaching kids and adults how to write a story or memoir.
A Writer’s Dream
I guess I ended up living the writer’s dream, in the sense that people pay me money to write words for them. I find a huge amount of satisfaction in being able to lend my creative voice and expertise to all sorts of Colorado Springs businesses and websites. I love bringing an authentic voice to a blog or website for a small business that doesn’t have time or the niche expertise to put together keyword-driven, SEO writing. But sometimes, a person wants to tell the story they were meant to tell.
This is why I’ve started revisiting creative writing in the cracks of my spare time. Also, I don’t have a lot of spare time–but that’s another matter. I’m loving how feeding my creative spirit is rejuvenating my professional writing. I’m remembering all the reasons I loved writing creative non-fiction and memoir narratives. I’m also remembering how incredibly freeing and healing creative writing can be.
Your Creative Journey
As I contemplated what to share this week, I felt the stir of spring (even though we are having the typical Colorado Springs snow flurry and winter weather right now). I thought of all the artists everywhere who might be struggling to do the thing and make the art. Whether its writing or drawing, painting, or the art of running a small business, those with the drive to create and make things can find this time of year so exhausting. It’s the demand of the daily while fighting the cold sludge of winter, meeting the promise of spring and the waning boon of the New Year and all her glorious resolutions and anti-resolutions. Everything on our list seems so important yet so elusive. The wheel of time seems so fast and yet so slow.
I’m challenging you to do the the thing in the month of March. Conquer a goal or a single step on your list that might seem insurmountable. The stir of spring really is stirring. Even beneath the snow and flurries of freezing winds, the promise of spring will still emerge. I’m wishing you the very best, no matter what your goals might be. For me, as I mentioned, I want to return to some creative writing ideas. These personal projects really leave me with more energy than they steal away.
The Writer’s Journey
So I’ve decided the writer’s journey hasn’t, in fact, ended for me at all. I’m energized by my work and excited to add clients to the growing client roster. I’m really looking forward to finding some others who would love to critique and revise their writing in a small-group setting. I’m not wanting to return to teaching or leading workshops–I’m simply hoping for some community.
With that said, I’ve heard good things about the Pike’s Peak Writers, and I bet other groups are out there if I just look for them. You can always drop me a line and let me know what writer groups or critique circles you know and love. And if you’re looking to add some professional and SEO writing to your website, please shoot me an email and be in touch!
Until next time,