It seems the blog renovation process is spinning along. I realize I’ve been a bit less bloggy these past couple of months, and there’s a good reason for it: something else is coming. I honestly have no idea what it is, all I know is that I need to make space in my life for it to happen.
I would like it to be a book.
All I know is that inspiration is a great guidance system. When I started this blog a couple of years ago, I was exploring this expansion of my development and my own bravery, really. Do I have the guts to talk about this? What about that? And it’s been amazing.
There is a point when a blog story will stall, and I’ve realized that’s what’s going on here right now. Blogs are interesting when a person is moving along in their own story line, and you read it because you want to find out what happens next. Blogs get boring if you’re posting “just because”.
There’s a duality to blogging that I enjoy and worry about: because you’re cranking out a quantity of material, bloggers are a little less obsessive about the *craft* of writing. With my schedule, it’s not possible for me to spend hours polishing a blog entry – I generally write them as they fall out of my head, and I post them for the world to see, often with spelling and grammatical errors. There’s a *push* factor to blogging that isn’t as present with other forms of writing.
But on the other hand, knowing that what I post will be read is a HUGE motivation! And I LOVE the interaction aspect of the blog – I’ve made some wonderful friends through this thing!
So don’t worry, the blogging isn’t going to stop – but it’s going to shift gears. I’m not sure how quite yet… which is where the inspiration kicks in.
I was listening to one of Oprah’s podcasts with Eckhart Tolle, and he was describing the years leading up to writing “The Power of Now”. He describes it as the time when “a book was waiting to be written.” He didn’t know what book, he didn’t know anything beyond his next step. For Eckhart, he needed to move to the West Coast before he could progress with writing.
In that moment I knew *exactly* what he was talking about, because that’s what is going on with me right now. Something is waiting for me, and I am gradually creating time and space so that the inspiration can happen.
Now, I know there is one very clear path for me which I’m sure all of you can see. I can practically hear your inner commentary “Why doesn’t she just…”
Well, because the easy, logical thing for me to do with my skills and options does not inspire me to take action… at least not yet. The funny thing is that even my manifestation practice is tapering off for now… I’ve created a couple of weeks off of work which should kick in for early September.. and that’s it. That’s all I’m creating right now. You know what this is like? It’s like the ocean sucking all of the water out of a sandy cove right before it forms a tsunami that’s going to rush in and completely change the landscape.
Brace yourselves people.
So, here’s an idea: What if I combined the aspect of blogging that I love and incorporate writing this fictional book by posting bits and pieces of the chapters as I write them? I could categorize it all as “Book” or something like that, so that it would be easy for new readers to start at the beginning.
It would be fun to hear what you guys think of these characters and the story lines, and with so many eyes reading it, it’d be easy to catch “dessert” when it should be “desert”.
It would be VERY raw and unpolished, but I could go back and rework old entries and you would get to actually SEE the process of a book being written. You’d see the character development, the rejected chapters and story lines, the clunky thought-hemorrhage process.
And I *know* there are some future authours reading this blog. Maybe it’s be helpful for you guys to actually witness the painful construction process of the book?
And you know what? I’m really not concerned that having all the content posted ahead of time is going to affect book sales. I think the final on-paper published project is going to go just *because* you can see the gestation process online. Blogs are fun, but there’s nothing like holding a paper book in your hands.
What do you think?