Monday, 6 August 2012

National Nurture Your Soul Week.


Well, not really. I just made that up. But it's a really good idea.















As we rush around our busy lives; kids, husbands, jobs, yard work, and a whole other big list, we often put our inner music on the back burner.

I know this was very true for myself for many years.

In my younger married days, and when my daughter was young, it just seemed like there was no time for writing. I didn't start college until I was 35 years old.  I didn't graduate all of my writing courses until I was 41 years old. This was all done by correspondence courses, as I always had a full time job.

At age 41, I started to write seriously for publication, research the markets, send query letters, send manuscripts when requested by a publisher, and wait . . . . . . (don't hold your breath while waiting for an answer). So, I wrote many children's stories during this time, but there was always one story that was near and dear to my heart, Sir Princess Petra. This is my first published book, and it took 9 years and 27 rejections before a publisher accepted it. I'm glad I didn't hold my breath. (Book 2 in this series will be released in early 2013).

I also didn't know I was an artist until I tried it at age 39. I love art. I now teach art. Any sometimes, I even sell a painting.

Okay, I'm not saying I'm old. I'm just saying I'm a late bloomer.

That inner music was always inside of me, I just had to wait until the time was right to find out what it was playing.  So, no matter what your age is, it's important to find and follow your own inner music.

To be able to write well, we have to nurture our own souls. I have a list of things that work for me and I do at least one of these things every day: daydreaming in the forest; laughing with a good friend; listening to classical music and painting a picture; playing with my dogs and horses; gardening; meditating; or one of my favorites, making really creative mud pies which should technically sell for $2.59 each, but don't.

Whatever it is that releases your soul from everyday chaos, find the time to listen to your inner music, and in turn zone in to your creative source.

Me, creating book 3.