IWSG: January 8th

Discussion on our struggles and triumphs.

January 8 question – What started you on your writing journey? Was it a particular book, movie, story, or series? Was it a teacher/coach/spouse/friend/parent? Did you just “know” suddenly you wanted to write?

The awesome co-hosts for the The awesome co-hosts for the January 8 posting of the IWSG are T. Powell Coltrin,Victoria Marie Lees,Stephen Tremp,Renee Scattergood, and J.H. Moncrieff!

Please forgive this late entry in the IWSG’s monthly sharing writing challenges. No excuses.

The answer to January’s question is simply ‘a dream’ started me on this wild adventure. Well, most folks would reduce my experience to just a dream. It was more. Most dreams fade faster than the morning mist.

Perhaps you’ve experienced a knowing that in that moment before sleep overtakes your consciousness, you slipped into another time and place. This is how my first novel began.

The experience touched me deeply, so deeply that the memory invaded my daily activities. It wasn’t the first of such journeys. Others were brief encounters, nothing noteworthy. But standing on a large ship beside a troubled captain triggered something I don’t understand. The night air was warm. The captain’s mood – dark and heavy. I could feel his desperation.

I continued to feel it for days. I usually brushed these experiences off – but this would not leave me alone. As therapy, I decided to sit down and write every detail. Surely the haunting would end.

But it didn’t.

When I thought I had written all about the experience, a question would arise. But why, and who, and where? And the answers came instantly. As if I knew all along the full story.

Even then I didn’t see the pages turning into chapters of a novel. My husband declared that it was a good story. But just a story. I took writing classes just so I could at least do justice to the visions.

The Guardian’s Wildchild did become a novel. However, I still find myself standing beside the ship’s captain. But now, he turns to me a smiles.

6 thoughts on “IWSG: January 8th

  1. Judy, I write short stories that have been published in magazines, but mine are memoir. I had so much trauma in my childhood that I needed to sort it out. I am crafty and love making things, so doing something new and creative hopefully would wipe the ugliness from my memory bank. I do need to reboot myself though as I haven’t been writing.

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    1. I might have an understanding of the childhood trauma you experienced. I used to think I was the only child who would rather die than relive my youth. Over time, I’ve learned there are thousands of us ‘survivors’. And being a creative person has been an advantage. I’ve learned to focus on what is wonderful in the present moment. The joy in the present is beyond what happened in the past. The joy comes from within, a knowing of the power of peace. Blessings, Gwynn

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