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Bent On Seeing It Through

It’s so close to Christmas that there is a softness in the silence, that is, when you have the time to notice. I thought for a while about writing something Christmassy, but I couldn’t think of what to write. It was driving me bonkers until I relented to the fact that my brain was not going to cooperate.

I wish every one of you good cheer and tidings for the season.

Bent On Seeing It Through

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I wrote about the free writing course I’m currently taking a few of weeks ago, The Ugly Baby Challenge. (I still chuckle when I see this title.) The first three weeks, Holly devoted to a free online class she offers, How to Write Flash Fiction that Doesn’t Suck.

I’m still working on my five flash fiction pieces. It’s more difficult than I thought it would be. Being a pantser is what the problem is. Holly wants me to plan and plot these stories out. Although I always have a storyline of some type in mind when I start, how I get from the beginning to the end is decided as I write. I did come across a blog post though that may help me out. It showed how to write a story using seven steps. Yeah, I hear you, BIG DEAL! It looks like it’ll really work  if I opt to give it a try because I’d start out with the end, go to the beginning and then, fill in. Anyway, it’s an interesting concept to me.

In the last newsletter Holly sent, she asks one question, going into a little detail, of course.

Somewhere inside you, you WANT, you DESIRE, you YEARN— you have a huge, compelling, driving NEED to do this thing that is NOT an easy, simple, or straightforward thing. You have this mountain you must climb. And you need to know WHY. So ask yourself:
“What do I hope to get out of my writing?”

At first, all I could think of was just the pleasure of being involved in the craft. Howbeit, my thoughts drifted to the question, what if my abilities in writing flourished enough that I actually had a book published? Would my itch to write change?

Yes. I want to make my mark in this world. It would be great to be as famous as… say… Dan Brown. But I’d be happy with a few books published and a following of readers.

I like the way I feel when I’m writing. I have so many thoughts that I dearly want to express. Yet, when I open my mouth, what comes out isn’t usually really what I’m thinking. Is that a lack of self-confidence, a low self-esteem, having an introverted personality, or is it some or all of what I just mentioned? Whatever the answer is, writing takes care of the issue(s).

Now, let’s see if I can put all this into one sentence, you know, be concise. I think that’s what Holly wants for the course.

I am hoping to acquire a feeling of worth, both within myself and in my daily life from what I write and how it is received.

What do you hope to achieve through what you do to satisfy your dreams?



10 comments on “Bent On Seeing It Through

  1. suzjones

    I was only thinking last night that I’m not sure how I would go writing a fiction novel. There is so much to keep track of and the whole dialogue/conversation thing would drive me insane. I think I’ll stick to putting together my non-fiction work. 🙂
    I hope you had a wonderful Christmas Glynis and that your New Year is looking bright.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Glynis Jolly

      Thank you, Suzanne. After reading your last post, I know your Christmas was good.. and a little hectic. I wish you joy, happiness and excitement for this new year. 😀

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  2. Travelling Macs

    I’d say you are definitely in the road to achieving your goal. I enjoy reading your material ( so it’s being received positively). I like that you write things that make me reflect on my own thought and ideals. 🙂

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    • Glynis Jolly

      Wow! Thank you for the terrific compliment. It’s something totally unexpected. 😀


  3. Yes, it is hard to be that concise. My goal is very similar to yours…to have a feeling of satisfaction in sharing my life lessons I have learned through my childhood stories and of course the happiness I get in sharing my food and recipes. 🙂


  4. Mabel Kwong

    Good luck with the writing. Writing fiction is always challenging – apart from poetry that’s the kind of writing I find most difficult but very much enjoyable. I usually find creating characters and giving them a personality fairly easy. When it comes to actually describing the storyline AND infusing emotion into it, now I find that really hard. But sometimes, all of a sudden, as I’m rambling on everything clicks. Sort of like the powers that be are guiding me 🙂

    Have an enjoyable holiday season!


    • Glynis Jolly

      I hope your holiday season is wonderful, Mabel.

      Yes, I’m like you. I haven’t all that much problem with the first chapters because I’m forming characters. Then I hit the middle and the terrible struggle begins.

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  5. Jacqui Murray

    Cheers! What a tremendous goal. I will have to think quite a while to put my goals in one sentence. My goal is Clancy; my talent is Thermagin.


    • Glynis Jolly

      Actually, I thought this was something most people want, although maybe not in writing.

      Happy Holidays to you and yours! ❤


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