I took a huge step today. I actually wrote the first words of my WIP, Beauty in the Breakdown.
It wasn’t an easy thing for me to do if I’m being honest. I packed up all my writing supplies and headed to the library for some quiet time.
The library was closed.
I wanted to take this as a sign that I just wasn’t supposed to write today.
Instead, I kept on driving.
As I settled into a booth at my favorite ABQ cafe with a pot of vanilla chai tea, I did what any writer (who is procrastinating) would do, I texted my best friend, Missy, to let her know how scared I was about beginning this process.
“What if I write the worst book ever and it completely sucks!” is the message I sent to her.
Within minutes, my phone lights up with her reply and, being the amazingly supportive and encouraging person she is, she wrote just what I needed to hear and concluded it with “The world needs raw. The world needs you.”
I let that soak in for a minute or two.
The world needs raw. The world needs me.
I wrote those words inside the cover of my journal and got to the business at hand.
This afternoon it all officially began.
I have a beginning list of topics to include in the book.
I have a new writing schedule.
I have two pots of tea in my tummy.
And I now have 1,250ish words down on the page. It’s a start and it feels amazing. These next 9 months are going to be full of things that are going to test me as a writer, as a mom, as a person.
I’m so ready but know I couldn’t do it without the support of the people who love and support me. Thanks in advance, guys. This is going to be one wild ride and I love that you are buckling up with me.