A few weeks ago, sitting around a lunch table with a book club, the conversation centered on two of my favorite topics – reading and writing. One of the readers mentioned that she’d like to write a book, a sentiment I hear from many people.
I believe that lots of folks have words within them — words waiting to get out in some form or fashion, whether the person considers herself a writer or not.
Maybe you, too, have an idea for a book, and this might be the very time to put words on paper. You may want to ease in with a journal or start a file on your computer. I keep a notebook in my purse and jot down ideas and observations. I’m also an avid letter-writer and find that capturing thoughts for friends and family is a great creative exercise.
I didn’t write my first novel until I turned 50 – and in five years, I’ve had six novels published, including my brand-new “Downtown Green.” From that writing journey, I’ve realized that too often we put off doing things that can be fun and interesting.
If you have an idea, sit down and write. See where the story leads. You may capture something for your children or grandchildren or come up with a best-selling book. You may learn more about yourself and how you’re intended to live. When we write things down, we tend to sort them out and perhaps observe those around us with a keener eye.
For me, writing is part of my call, of trying to be more of the person I was created to be.
How about you? I’d love to read your comments. Have you dreamed of writing a book, or do you write in a diary or send letters?
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Judy Christie is a writer. She always has been, in one way or the other, which still amazes her. At the moment, she is celebrating the release of “Downtown Green,” the fifth novel in the Green series (Abingdon Press), about a big-city journalist who winds up running a paper in the fictional, small town of Green, Louisiana. She’s also the author of the nonfiction “Hurry Less Worry Less” series, including “Hurry Less Worry Less for Moms.” When she’s not writing, she likes to chat on her vintage green Kitchen Couch or sit in the porch swing and read. You can find her at www.judychristie.com, www.facebook.com/judychristie and www.Twitter.com/judypchristie. For free weekly tips on how to slow down and enjoy each day, check out her podcast.