Thursday, June 14, 2018

My Gift To You

It seems that every week someone asks me...
"How's the book coming?"

Each time, I swallow hard and muster enough courage to say...
"I am stalled.  I am seven chapters in and have hit a dead end."


I have to be honest, I have avoided sitting down to write another chapter.
These questions go through my head...
"What next? I am out of chapter-long ideas."
"Is it good enough?"
(the greatest fear is putting yourself out there in writing and facing potential rejection)...
not that I had ever hoped to be a famous novelist.
No, I realize that I write for a small niche of readers who appreciate this sort of thing.
Like you.


And so, I spend my days just living.
Living... and chronicling the day to day moments...
not book-worthy stuff.


Now here's the thing.
I have seven chapters and I don't know where to go next.
Should I submit to magazines instead?
What to do... what to do...
Lately, instead of answering that question, I have just ignored it...
hoping that the mojo returns, or that someone will give me an idea
that becomes my springboard for prose.


In the meantime, however, I feel that I owe you this.
After all, stories are for sharing.
Words written and never read are meaningless.


So, today I am gifting you this:
(Each of the following is a link... to the same story)

A single chapter.   ( ←click there )

A story.  (← or there )

A chuckle.  (← or there )

A little piece of me.  (← or there )

💗


14 comments:

  1. Hooray!!!!! This is awesome! I'll start reading it today!!!

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  2. Just read it! Excellent! I'd read the book for sure just from reading this chapter. Well done. What a story teller.

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  3. What is your intention with the writing? That's the central question when trying to decide what avenue to take with your writing.
    I will save some time to read your entries so that I can give them full attention.
    You, my dear Bev, are the gift we receive whenever you post.

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  4. Just read the chuckle selection. Thoroughly enjoyed it.( Will read the others later. )
    Love the duck pictures.

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    1. They are all the same..,.. just one chapter.

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  5. I love the story! More, please?

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  6. Loved reading this!! You definitely have a gift so don't give up on it. It doesn't matter how long it takes, just enjoy it! Thank you :-)

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  7. That was great! Did you mean to just give us the chapter on the roosters? All the links lead to that one...

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  8. Even though I knew the ending, I found it a wonderful read..You have such a gift ..I hope your writers block goes away so you can finish your book. You write too well not to share it.xxoo

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  9. Bev, thank you for stepping out there and sharing this with us! It was an enjoyable, amusing look at a slice of your life and experience that many would not ever have and you do have a gift for spinning a good tale! I really can't imagine how daunting a job it would be to try and complete a many chaptered book. My only suggestion would be, if you continue to hit a creative writing wall, to look into writing a column for a particular genre of magazine. Especially one that does not publish monthly. A woman by the name of Edie Clark wrote a column for Yankee magazine called "Mary's Farm." It was one of their most popular features. Anyway, I would love to read more, so please continue!!

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  10. Yes! I love it, your writing,how you've developed it, and the act of sharing with us, your readers! Just take a break, ideas and words will ferment and one day be ready to join the other chapters. Writing is hard work and, I think, cannot be forced. Just can't. Gotta let that muse re-surface when she will.
    Mary

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  11. diane in northern wisJune 15, 2018 at 9:37 PM

    Oh Bev, I absolutely loved your story about the roosters. You have such a great story-telling ability! I consider that a great gift! Thank you for sharing with us. It was wonderful.

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  12. I really enjoyed the story, especially since I can relate to it. The first time a rooster hit me with his spurs I thought I'd been shot! He got out one day and our black lab mix got him. I honestly mourned his loss, he was so beautiful. I wonder if a rooster can be neutered and if that would eliminate the behavior?

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