My name is Kristin O’Ferrall and here is my blog. . .
I started this blog in July after being inspired to get back to my creative self. My spark of creative energy came just a few weeks before my summer vacation. I was excited about the timing. Vacation is all about relaxation, peace, freedom. Things that I knew would inspire me to write freely (without guilt). I eagerly awaited my vacation, knowing — or vowing to myself — that I would use that time to write.
And writing I did. I told my co-worker about my reignited passion for writing. She, being an excellent writer with a Master’s in this subject, recommended a book to me – – Stephen King’s On Writing. She brought in the book the next morning, just in time for my vacation, and I was ready. Armed with enthusiasm, commitment, and – now – words from one of the best, I felt ready to go for it.
The idea of this blog, however, was put by the wayside. I began “free-form” writing on various subjects and didn’t think these writing snippets pertained to the blog. One of these inspirations centered around my vacation designation itself — Ocracoke Island, North Carolina (you’ll see that except later). It was during this process — that mixed with the ultimate freedom you feel with a vacation — that an idea came to me…the idea…for my book!
I began working on the book immediately — I am still writing the book. And you know what? The more I wrote, the more excited I became. I started writing not just my book, but about how excited I was about writing the book (the process that I was going through as a new fiction writer). Yes, fiction writer. You heard me; I’ve started, for the first time, owning that title, believing it as actually being true.
I ignited an excitement, passion, and commitment for something that I don’t know if I’ve ever really had. I felt (and feel) a purpose, seeing without doubt the ultimate outcome of completing this book (“Failure is not an option”). Honestly, the nature of my book and creating this blog has been organic. It has been through sharing my excitement with my mother (and with my husband, and with my co-worker) that the purpose of this blog came to light. If you can remember in the first posting (and you don’t have to look back far as this is only posting #3), I wrote that I would write this blog for some reason, even if that reason was medicine for myself. Regardless, I knew that I had to do it…again, not sure why, but I knew that the purpose would reveal itself later.
But you know what? I think I know the purpose of this blog…drum roll — I am sure the anticipation is killing you — to write about my process of writing the book. This exercise could come off as self-indulgent — I really hope not, because it is not intended to be (well, ok, maybe a little), but in all honesty, I am hoping that it also helps someone else believe that they TOO can WRITE. I am hoping that they become INSPIRED to JUST WRITE.
So, here is my game plan…I write my book at night (after work and the boys go to bed) and then, in the morning (hmm, I am already freaking myself out by this verbal commitment), I write this blog, discussing the journey of this book writing.
So, wish me luck…this is me (gulp!) putting myself out there, making a commitment to JUST WRITE and to do so EVERY DAY.
You can contact the author at firstname.lastname@example.org.
BTW, I’ve just added this photo (above) because my mother made me…putting photos up of myself is just as worse as putting up my words.