Friday, July 29, 2005

I Am Going To Take The Plunge

No, I am not going to swim across the Northumberland Strait like the woman of my previous post did. I'm not that athletic, or adventurous...

I have decided that I will give writing a try again. I have to wonder if God planted the seed in my mind or not. Is He wanting me to reach someone with it? Is He wanting me to 'discover' myself through writing? Or, maybe it is just me wanting to do it. Whatever the reason is, I am going to take the plunge again.

I have some ideas floating around in my head. They have popped in there since I began thinking about writing once again. One of my big problems is that I will get ideas, descriptions of places and people, story lines, etc. in my mind, but then when it comes to getting these on paper, I get stuck. My mind works faster than my fingers, and I end up missing what I want to say as I try to catch up to my racing mind.

Anther thing I have trouble with, and this is weird, is coming up with names for the characters. I have a harder time with last names, but even first names can be a challenge. I need to go through the phone book to come up with some last names, or a baby book for first I said, it's weird.

Well, I am going to end here, and go do some research and maybe begin. Now, where do I start? Oh, I know! I will start with "It was a dark and stormy night." Hmm...on second thought, I think Snoopy owns the patent on that or something. How about "To be or not to be, that is the question."? No, Shakespear used that one. What about "Are You there God, it's me, Margaret"? Nope, my name is not Margaret, and that was the title of a book I read in grade 6.

Well, even though I don't have a good opening yet, it will come. I will need to work at this and develop characters, plot, and all that goes with a good story. I will pray and ask that the Lord will guide me on this and give me the words to say, the words that He wants me to say. I want Him to be in this with me all the way.


Joe said...

Wierd. But you can do it.

See, you are already a writer. I know. I just read something you wrote.

It kept my attention all the way through. It was good.


And please send me an autographed copy of your first printing.

Darlene said...

Are you there, God? It's me Bub.

jess said...

yay shelley!



Live, Love, Laugh said...

I want a autographed copy too. Perhaps writing will be your ministry, that is what drew me to your blog in the first place. Just let it flows like it does here, it is good!!

MaY said...

THIS is what you do best Shelley. Don't worry about a good "opening line". It will come, trust me. I know exactly what you mean when you said your head is faster than your hands. LOL. I had the same dilemna when I wrote my novels. Little tip--go buy a tape recorder. It worked for me. Or if you dont want that, just bring a tiny notebook and pen everywhere you go. If some idea comes up, write it down right away. At least when you go through the book and see your notes, you will remember what you were suppose to write about.
Well, GOODLUCK! *crosses fingers for you*
Let me read it when your done, eh?!