In today's blog I want to talk about BUBBLES. Yes, bubbles. Not the fizzy, champagney, tickle your nose kind of bubbles but blowing those big IDEA bubbles from the depths of your soul and how to enjoy them before they burst. In other words, let's talk about your ideas, writing and focusing on what's important. And...how does your book (or the book you want to write) fit into your bigger picture?
It's early in the year and everyone talks about goals and intentions and putting plans into place to achieve your dreams.
What I want to talk about is getting clear on your big WHY. Your big picture. What is really important to you? And...not letting that bubble (or book) get away.
Big questions I know...
I've had a lot of time to reflect on what is really important to me over the past month or so. What about you?
Time is SO precious isn't it. I feel we need to use it wisely and stop fart-arsing around. (Sorry but that's an Aussie expression for "wasting time".)
Sometimes we need to look back to move forward. To see what worked and what didn't. To consider new possibilities...
We are creative beings and we can create anything in our life. I'm always blown away by the notion that "it" all starts with a thought. An idea! That we are the creators of our life and even if the world is turning to shit around us - we can still create how we want to think about it. (If you're not sure what I mean - read Victor Frankl's Man's Search for Meaning)
So back to IDEAS...
My issue is that I have SO many ideas. So many creative thoughts - scattered all over the place. It's like I'm blowing bubbles out of one of those thingy-mi-jigs, you know...the circle that you stick into detergent and blow into it. (What's it called? A Bubble Blower? God...I just can't think of the word for them right now. I used to buy them for my kids all the time.)
Then YOUR BREATH turns that thin film of liquid (nothing much really) into something magical. Into lots of bubbles exploding into the atmosphere. Fragments of your life-force manifested into SOMETHING. And then you try to catch one before it dissipates into nothingness.
That's how I feel about a lot of my ideas. Oh to be able to do something with them before they disappear.
So how do you do you capture that flimsy, floaty circle of nothingness that beholds YOUR breath? Your creativity? Your essence?
Easy. You reach out to that idea and you don't let it go until you've had your way with it. Some people call it FOCUS. Such a businessy word for a writer!
I like to call it HEART.
You fall in love with the idea. You allow it to become the centre of your life. You spend as much time with it as you can. You play with it. You respect it. You honour it. Sometimes you may need to walk away from it - just for a bit. But you come back with more insight and enthusiasm and understanding. And then you share it with others. And that essence of you (that started as a breath) is now mingled into universe - in a way that others can enjoy.
(Just in case you need me to spell it out - what I'm talking about is - how to write a book!)
If this all sounds so weird, don't worry. Over the next month I'll be sharing some of the breathings of my heart (information taken from Module 1 of my Memory to Memoir Writing Course). I'll share my ideas on getting started, how your WHY affects everything, writing rituals that may work for you, the author mindset, creating a writing space and sharing my writing journey too.
Go get your journal and WRITE.
Blow those bubbles out.
"Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart." (Wordsworth)
If you want some help writing your book, check out my new e-Course, Memory to Memoir: How to Write, Edit, Publish & Market your Life Story
Lots of love