I am thankful you are here. Insomniacs need love, too! Actually this happens to me frequently.. I can’t sleep so I end up with a lot of quiet time in the dark, waiting for the day to start. Reading and writing seem like the natural thing to do, of course. So I choose a book or get out my pen and paper. I will spend hours in a book or start writing.

It is about writing that I would like to talk about.

I am writing my first fiction and have reached the halfway point. So far so good. What amazes me is that the process has been a lot like my life lately. By that I mean I take two steps forward and then one step back. Things in my life are not moving forward much; in fact, some days things in my life seem to be going backwards. Still I press on. Life will change and progress will be made. I am sure of  it.

Still, when it comes to my writing my progress seems slow. I am enjoying getting to know my characters, for instance, but am stuck with action after the climax. I have a difficult part to write about. I write, rewrite and slowly move the story forward. Slowly. I am a bit impatient so this is a frustrating thing for me. It is also a good thing because being impatient never serves anyone and I need to not be so impatient. Which brings me to another point. These past few months writing have taught me a lot about myself. I am nothing if not introspective!

Here are some things I have learned.

1. I have to be my biggest cheerleader.

2. I believe in my dream.

3. I believe in the place my dream came from.

4. I deeply feel the need to fulfill my purpose.

I guess what I want to offer today is the encouragement to look within. I hope you can see that despite your perception of having a long way to go towards any goal or dream you have, the  truth is you have already come a long way! Celebrate how far you have come. Recognize your growth, your effort, your successes. It’s important also to acknowledge what you’ve learned or gained from your experiences.

All in all, my journey into writing has brought me to an awareness of what’s truly important in life. Or maybe it’s the other way around.

I bet there is something that did the same for you. If so,  I’d love to hear about it. There’s nothing like a great story. Your story.