My Path? You Mean I Have One?

Let’s see, where was I the other day when I had my great epiphany? Oh yes, that’s right, I was looking at all of my friends on Facebook with their fabulous lives when the little green monster named “jealously” started her incessant whispering.

Normally I would listen to her and spend a little while in her company but for whatever reason, on this particular day, Something (or Someone) decided to shut her up once and for all for me. I don’t know how it came or first formulated but it was an intuitive thought from Somewhere Else, it seemed, that entered my brain that day. The thought went something like this, “Why don’t you walk your own path Carol and quit worrying what others are doing?”

As soon as that question entered my mind, I clicked the power off button, closed my laptop, went outside to smoke a cigarette to ponder this more. Where had that remarkable and incredible thought come from after all? Why all of a sudden at that particular time and day? I wasn’t going to question it anymore, I decided. No, instead I smiled and my heart pounded with excitement over the possibilities.

I’ve known for a while what it is I want to do but I have never seriously taken any real action on it before. I’ve been too scared. I never fully committed myself. I would start and then stop, start and then stop. I would always come back to it but I would never finish anything. I would never follow through. Of course I am talking about writing.

Well, I don’t know where I was going with this when I first started out with this blog post, something about making my own path or some silly crap. No wait, it’s not silly crap. I will stop treating it so nonchalantly and I pledge, now, to start taking myself a little more seriously and treating my passion with respect.

Some actions I have taken recently – I have been attending a local writing group and I am registered for the 2011 Memphis Creative Nonfiction workshop. I also submitted an essay to Skirt magazine back in February and plan to submit more. I have my topic for the 2011 Memphis Creative Nonfiction workshop and have started the writing. I have to have ten pages done and submitted by September 2nd. I am also in the process of interviewing several artists at 16 Main Gallery to write a blog post about each.

Oh, and I’ve also been reading up a storm lately. I’m on my sixth book since January.


Here is a quote I found recently that I absolutely LOVE and is partly responsible for my changed outlook:

Don’t wait for extraordinary opportunities. Seize common occasions and make them great. Weak men wait for opportunities; strong men make them. ~Orison Swett Marden

I will leave you with some other quotes (about writing) that inspire me (and make me smile):

The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say, but what we are unable to say. ~Anaïs Nin

Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia. ~E.L. Doctorow

And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt. ~Sylvia Plath

If I don’t write to empty my mind, I go mad. ~Lord Byron

Writing is a form of personal freedom. It frees us from the mass identity we see in the making all around us. In the end, writers will write not to be outlaw heroes of some underculture but mainly to save themselves, to survive as individuals. ~Don Delillo

Now that I have found my own path, I need to find my own voice.

All right then, carry on….

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