‘You have too much imagination!’ proclaimed my father when I was about 16.
We were on a jaunt through Israel for a week or so. This particular moment, which became etched in my memory like words carved in to a grave stone, were brought to life over a luscious breakfast in a barren stretch of land near Bethsheba as we made our way to Eilat. I was so taken with the environment, the history and the deep patriarchal lineage I said I wanted to travel around the country on a motorbike with my sister riding pillion. It was this flight of fancy which prompted his comment. Needless to say it didn’t happen. In fact a lot of what I said I’d love to do never happened. Possible I had unconsciously chosen to live in accordance with my fathers prognosis.
My father died at the ripe old age of 86, over 14 years ago now and I am at last sneaking out from under the covers of his directive. My imagination is the richest thing about me and is showing its true colours at last….
NaNoWriMo 2013 – on November 1st last year I started the ‘competition’ to write 50,000 words of a novel within the month. Over 200,000 people around the world had signed up online. I did it because I wanted to know if I could write a cohesive and interesting story which lasted more than 1500 words. By the time I got to 50,000 words I had a story I liked and by 123,000 words I knew I had a story I’d love to publish. I wrote it with the support of my intuitive ‘Muse’ who seems to know far more than me about what make a story sizzle. By the end of the 2nd draft I’ve learned so much more about what I’ve actually written and the layers of meaning if anyone chooses to explore. It’s a novel of adventure, transformation and extraordinary love with many an unexpected twist and turn. The joy of writing with my Muse is that I wrote it as if I was a reader – often with no idea what was about to happen next. However, it is a cohesive and intriguing story and a classic example of a Heroines Journey. It’s also the first in a trilogy.
I always knew I loved writing but writing a novel was something to do other than as my ‘work’, but the feedback I’ve had so far on my free chapters and through my Editor is that this has potential out in the market place.
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In the meantime what have you chosen to shelve in your life because a parent appeared to discredit it?