My Shitty First Draft…


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How did I get where I am today?  The question I wrestle with is how I am going to get through this day, tomorrow and the next day.  I did not make any New Year resolutions; I do not believe in them, it only lays the groundwork for failure, my failure.

Every day I find myself at a place where I must decide what path to follow; and yes, I sometime feel lost.  I question myself, do I work on my writing fully of my capability; or I procrastinate.  Yes I do!  I get out of bed, walk the dog, have breakfast and sit in front of a blank or somewhat filled screen.  It is then that I go back to the kitchen and get a cup of coffee, check email, anything.  I check some already written sentences.  I now look in the freezer to decide what I will prepare for tonight’s dinner.  Yes, you get the picture, I do finally sit down and write; I try to bring out of myself what is needed to continue my project.

I am certain others who like me write, fall into that mind set of can I really write, can I finish this project.  Procrastination fractures our senses and stops creativity, learning and growing in our craft.  I find myself much like the author Anne Lamott wrote in her book “Bird by Bird”, I am deep into the center of my “SHITTY FIRST DRAFT”.  If you have not read this Anne Lamott book, do so; I keep it on my writing table and reread often, it encourages me to go on. 

So, here I am on January 11, 2017 working on my shitty first draft of “Flying with Broken Wings” and finding many other things to keep me from it.  I am into the first 10 days of this New Year.  Today, my goal until finished is to put in a minimum of 6 hours in writing, in 2-hour intervals with meals and walking between, and any other matters to take care of for the day.  This is my plan…

Good luck to all of you and welcome to the New Year and success in all you do; its day 11 let’s get going.

eajm

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Author: Elizabeth Ann Johnson-Murphree

Artist/Writer of Fiction, Poetry, Prose and Thoughts, Opinions Author Bio Born in Alabama to a Native American (Chickasaw) father and an emotionally absent mother since birth, raised by father, a Native American great-grandmother and an African-American woman whom were all grand storytellers. As early, as four years old, I was roaming the countryside around our home alone or with my father; in the evenings I sat at the feet of these strong-minded individuals listening to the stories of their lives. Summers I lived with my fathers' sister in Birmingham, Alabama; it was she that would help to discover a library, and mingle with my aunt's circle of friends that included local writers, artist, and politicians. A cabin deep within the Black Warrior Forest was also my playground on weekends. My aunt encouraged my imagination by introducing me to journaling, which I filled Big Chief Tablets with stories over the summer. Planted was the desire to write, a seedling waiting to spurt from the warm southern heart of a child. Nonetheless, with adulthood, the desire to write buried itself deep within, the dream wilted but did not die. It laid dormant, gaining experiences. These experiences became short stories and poetry ready to share with anyone who would want to read them. I began painting as a child and later as an adult, and then it lay dormant for years. I write of many life experiences in poetry format; questioning everything from Mother Nature to God...the poetry is raw, sometimes dark and may not be understood by all. Yet, it comes from deep within and reads of truth within my soul. The harshness that shrouded my life would cause me to withdraw from most of the world; it fills the pages of my writing, the heartache, the abuse, and the denial of a mother, all frankly portrayed. Today, I enjoy my children, grand and great grandchildren, my four-legged companion Mason, I live in Southern Wisconsin...far from my southern roots; however, I continue to write and paint almost daily. Below are the books that I have published in paperbacks at Amazon.com, under the name of Ann Johnson-Murphree: Book #1 Echoing Images from the Soul 2012 Book #2 Beyond the Voices 2012 Book #3 Reflections of Poetry 2013 Book #4 Honeysuckle Memories 2013 Book #5 Sachets of Poetry on Adoration, Anger, Asylums and Aspirations 2014 Book #6 My Journey into Art 2014 Book #7 Fragments of Time 2017 Book #8 Rutted Roads 2016 Book #9 Asterial Thoughts 2017 Book #10 Flying with Broken Wings 2017

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