Last Thursday I posted this on my blog facebook page,
I’m hoping my time for dreaming is over and I start ‘doing.’ Tomorrow I am going away for two nights with the ‘Inspiration Project.’
No it’s not a cult.
It’s an opportunity to hang out with writers, be mentored by a writer, listen to a few presentations but above all write. No excuses, no interruptions.
To say I am ready and gunning to go is an understatement. It’s 2018. Could this be the year I finally get my writing in gear, write something I’m proud of and that others will like to read?
There I’ve said it publicly..
The project was the brainchild of three bestselling authors, Carmel Harrington, Hazel Gaynor and Catherine Ryan Howard. These power houses of positivity and inspiration gave so selflessly of their time all weekend. Their aim was to inspire those in attendance to write and to inform them of the do’s and do not’s that they wish they were privy to when they began to write. Their motto was, ‘Dream, Dare, Do.
There was a wonderful mix of writers attending and we bonded so well over the few days. On our opening night our mentors welcomed two ladies who they said travelled the furthest to attend. Having driven three hours I thought to myself… Do they not know I came from Cork? However, chatting with the two ladies in question later I discovered one was Tanya from South Carolina and the other Audrey from Switzerland!
The Inspiration Project was held in the beautiful surrounds of Seafield Hotel in Gorey Wexford. Oh the joy of a room with a bed which would fit my whole family, all to myself. It was the perfect location, with it’s own small private beach which of course called out to be visited.
Did the weekend live up to my expectations?
Honestly, I can say for me this weekend was life changing. For a while I’ve imagined writing a book. I’ve a couple of ideas for fiction and recently explored memoir writing, which I loved. However, there was one large obstacle I just couldn’t overcome… the voice in my head.
I know those of you who read me regularly are shaking your heads and thinking… for goodness sake, not again, but honestly it was crippling. It didn’t matter how kind, or encouraging everyone was this was a problem beginning and ending with myself.
However, having spent three days with these amazing ladies I’ve a totally different outlook. They opened up endless possibilities for me and addressed the many reasons why I was struggling, but more importantly what to do about it.
Speaking with other writers I know they too found answers to their own questions.
So Monday dawned and with it a beautiful rainbow outside my house.
I began as I mean to go on. My aim is to have a first draft by June. I’m pretty sure I’ll flag along the way but when I do I’ll re read this and remember that I can and I will.
Others have, why not me?
BTW I know they are running another of these weekends in March. Just saying!