My Winding Path

Tomorrow marks the 7 month anniversary of this blog. This experience has changed me in more ways than I can say, but I don’t believe I need to. Most of you reading this are bloggers yourself and so you know what being part of this community can mean.

I started out without a plan, and I suppose I still don’t have a set course. I know I want to write. And with a few exceptions I have written almost every day for the past 7 months. I have written and published my first book (Thriving Not Surviving) and am in the process of writing a novel (explained in this post With Eager Anticipation I Watch My Story Unfold). But mostly I’ve just written what I feel.

There have been a faithful following that have read everything I write. I thank all of you for your continued support and encouragement. You have changed my life. I can’t possibly list everyone here, but in particular I want to thank the authors of the following blogs, you each know why:

Walt’s Writings

The Wonderful and Wacky World of One Single Mom

Pointed Home

There are others who read when they can, which is also appreciated. I know everyone is busy and I can’t possibly find time to read everything I would like to, so I am grateful when others make time to read what I am putting out into the world. Thank you.

Finally, there are some who have newly stumbled on my blog and probably aren’t entirely sure what to make of it. I want to welcome you on this circuitous journey I’m on.

This past weekend I disappeared for the second time in a month. I went up to the mountains and stayed in a condo that didn’t have internet. I went hiking and generally spent the rest of my time reading, writing, and thinking about writing. At first I intended to write out my posts longhand and then publish them when I got home. I started with ubiquitous and what transpired were several pages that would some day get to the word, but not very quickly and to be honest it’s still not finished.

What I worked on instead was figuring out some key elements of my story and beginning the process of my first rewrite. This will be a huge effort but one that is necessary given that the story at this point is little more than a bunch of random thoughts thrown together, out of order, based on the word of the day. I feel there is enough content at this point that it is time to take on this task.

Now I find myself at a crossroads, unsure how to proceed with the blog.

Should I return to writing about my personal metamorphosis as I had before I dove into fiction? Looking back, those posts certainly received more “likes” than the ones I’ve written for my novel.

Should I post the rewrite as I complete it? I’m not sure if this would increase or decrease interest in reading the final product. But it would force me to keep making progress on what is destined to be a laborious task.

Should I work on the new story idea that came to me this weekend? I constantly have new ideas for things I want to write, but while hiking this weekend something entirely new began to take shape.

I don’t know what is best. But I do know that I want to keep writing, and I hope you will continue to read, and comment when something moves you. I am grateful for each of you.

This post is in response to the daily writing prompts Circuitous.

32 thoughts on “My Winding Path”

  1. I for one am very grateful that I stumbled upon your posts and I read them when I am on the site or when it comes to my phone. Your writing is inviting and intriguing. Keep writing whatever comes to your heart that you want to share. No matter if you get the likes or comments know that there is a faithful audience that may have not discovered you yet that will be inspired and encouraged by your writings. Stay blessed!

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  2. Congratulations on everything that you have achieved so far, Dee 😊
    I hope and pray for the best of things for you. I wish your future will bring along more friends and many more adventures for you to write about.

    Stay blessed & warm regards,
    Dee Kay 😊

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  3. It does one good to change the view from time to time. I do that even in my apartment, I move to other things and back n forth. You for one have inspired me and I see your talent and love for what you do, impressed. You are on the right track and doing great work, Keep the vivs and move forward with good words.

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  4. Dee,whatever you write I try to find time to read and enjoy it. I know I haven’t commented much on your fiction writing but have enjoyed it as much as when you wrote about yourself. I will always be there cheering for you from the sidelines. πŸ’•

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  5. It is an honor to be mentioned in this post, but I’m just one of many who follow, support and encourage you. Whatever path you take, make it yours. I would love to see you write what you feel, what’s inside you, rather than build around obscure prompts. Circuitous? Who writes like that? Who talks like that? Just my opinion, but writing around a prompt makes it someone elses. You are a gifted and talented writer Dee. Make your writing belong to you. Base your writing on your words, not someone else’s.

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    1. Thank you Walt. You are right. I have many supporters here and hopefully I did not offend anyone by calling out only 3 but the 3 of you go beyond the rest and it’s important to me that I recognize you for that. As for the prompts I do feel I will move away from them in time but they hold me accountable for writing (almost) daily and they give me a nudge in a direction….even if it’s an odd one. Perhaps I’ll let the word inspire me but work less to incorporate it…we shall see…

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    1. Thank you! Writing about hiking would be fantastic….if I could go more often! I feel so inspired in the woods! But maybe I could do one one all of my outdoor adventures…. thanks for the suggestion!! 😊

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      1. Yes, this is what I meant… πŸ™‚ I have my website for example, where I intended to do something like this – I only wish I knew how to write and speak better English – Ha, ha,… but you can do something similar with much more success! πŸ™‚

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      2. I suppose that depends on how you define”success”…so long as you meet your personal goals with the site I would call that successful whether you have 100 people reading it or 10,000.

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  6. On your website you will advertise your writing services and for how many people are reading it depends on your marketing strategies, starting with these challenges, continuing with the Social Media, and others…, like offline… πŸ™‚

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