I think the question I am asked most as a writer is where I get my inspiration? It’s a great question and one that is not always that easy to answer. There are times when, without explanation, an idea will jump into my head and I am stricken with a deep need to express it.
Often it is just as I am stepping outside. As the air hits my face my mind becomes filled with poetry! I can not tell you how many poems I have written during my breaks at work 🙂
Other times, I am in the mood to write, but I just can’t seem to get started and/or narrow down a topic. Good ole writer’s block…an author’s worst nightmare! In the midst of one of those moments, I remembered a gift a very dear friend of mine gave me not too long ago that I thought would be helpful to share with anyone else who may have a case of the dreaded block!
She sent me a notebook, along with 50 or so tiny pieces of paper about the size of the ones found in fortune cookies. Each one of them containing a writing prompt.
I have not read any of them except for the one on the very top of the stack, “A list of things you’re thankful for”
So…I thought it would be fun to start a feature where each week I will pick one of the prompts from the bowl and write about it. Sort of a weekly writing challenge if you will 🙂
I look forward to reading the posts from anyone else who wants to take the challenge with me!
And on that note…
Today’s pick is…
“A skill you want to learn”
Okay, good one. There are many, but if I had to only pick one it would definitely be the one I am currently working on mastering; public speaking. Something I have avoided my entire life and I mean intentionally avoided too!
College was really hard for me in that respect. Just raising my hand meant I had to speak in front of the class, which made my skin crawl, so I just never did it. I was the girl in the very back corner who never spoke…the phantom student…lol.
I try not to have regrets, but if I had it to do all over again (knowing how important that skill would be to me now), I would have tried to tackle my fears early on. I never imagined there would come a day when I would be scheduling book signing/reading events. I mean I dreamed of publishing a book, but I am not sure I thought too much about all that comes along with it.
Thankfully, the more events I do, the more comfortable I feel. It’s easy when your heart is in it. I find that my passion out weighs my fear on most occasions! Plus, I am speaking about my life and my mother, two subjects I am pretty well versed in, so that helps too 🙂
I look forward to the day when I can confidently walk on to a stage or speak to a group of people and inspire them in some way!
I know I will get there someday and until then I am going to relax and savor the journey ahead.
What about you? What skill would you like to learn?