Feeding Your Spirit: A Response

Saturday, December 04, 2010
A couple of days ago, fellow WOW’ster Heiddi wrote a post called, ‘Feeding Your Spirit to Feed Your Writing’, reminding us if we do so, our writing benefits immensely. Two of Heiddi’s suggestions really resonated with me and I examined what that means for me.

‘Review your accomplishments’ is first on the list. Heiddi suggests that remembering the things you’ve done in the past, whether writing-oriented or not, reveals your strengths and capabilities.

Thinking about this year, I wanted to explore screenwriting and signed up for ScriptFrenzy back in April, the screenwriting equivalent to NaNoWriMo. I managed to make it a little past the halfway point of 100 pages by the end of April, not bad for my first time, and want to finish up by the end of the year. I also went on my first writing retreat at a nearby retreat center. Taking the time for a long weekend focused on writing was what I needed and I returned rejuvenated and eager to work on new ideas for projects.

‘Go back to hobbies that you enjoy’, number three on the list, is a favorite. So is music, which refreshes me. Sometimes as I listen to various songs, a lyric or two inspires a character or story idea. I’m becoming more interested in filmmaking too and was part of the production team for a film project with a non-profit I’ve volunteered with for some years. I worked the camera, did lights and makeup, and hope to assist with editing. I’d want to continue developing these skills and like to see this turn into more than a hobby.

Bottom line, keeping our spirit fed keeps us and our writing vibrant and productive. Something to ponder as we finish up the year.

Thanks for the reminder, Heiddi!


Sheila Siler said...

Good post. I signed up for NaNoWriMo for the first time this year. I have made a point this year of going back to do more reading, something I neglected in order to write. Thanks for sharing.

Jill said...

Hi Sheila,

Hope you accomplished your goals for NaNo. I, too, didn't read as much as I wanted to this year as a result of writing. Here's to more reading for the both of us next year!

And thanks for your comments!

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