I wrote my first book, called “A Rough Road”, at 13 years old (http://www.amazon.com/A-Rough-Road-Catherine-Moolenschot/dp/140924153X).
I had written short stories and poetry before, and even had some letters published in the newspaper, but had never really thought of writing anything substantial. It started as a school project and just developed into a published novel. And I absolutely loved writing it. I was inspired by topical events and other books I’d read, and it just flowed. Not once did I doubt what I’d written or doubt my abilities as a writer – I was caught up in the story myself!
After succeeding in publishing “A Rough Road” and receiving encouraging feedback, I had high expectations of myself and just assumed I would write again with ease..
Since then, I have written many articles, short stories, poetry, and thoroughly enjoyed the process of writing, but have not been able to get back into the long process of a novel.
I struggled with what they call ‘writers block’ – to me it is just a ‘blank’, a lack of inspiration. Until last week….
I suddenly began writing again. Writing a novel.
This is incredibly exciting for me!! It has gained momentum of it’s own accord. So far I’ve written 18,000 words in a week and I am loving the process.
Part of me is surprised that I’ve managed to come back to this place of total, consistent trust in the process.
For the past few years, I had thought that at 13 I must have found it easy to write, because I was not so self-conscious.
But now I have exploded my own myth, because I am experiencing the playful fun and trust of a child, and am writing from that space at 18 years old.
I am not holding any expectations for publishing this novel, or even of finishing it:
Whatever the result, I am trusting in the process, and enjoying every word.