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August 6, 2009

A confession of sorts

Kate Hart
See all those activities listed at the top of the right column? I recently added "writing" to the list. Tonight I bit the bullet and moved it to the top.

I started writing again a few weeks ago-- not the crappy poetry I wrote in high school, not just blogging or putting together grant applications, but actually writing-- and it's been a very eye opening experience for me. I don't have any perspective yet on the actual quality of what I'm writing, but just giving myself permission to do it, and to do it badly if need be, has made me realize that it never stopped being a central part of my identity. Trying to force that energy into other activities has not worked out well (three aborted attempts at grad school, anyone?). More than once I've considered subtitling this blog "Jill of all trades, master of none."

I don't have any illusions that I will become some world-famous author, or even get published at all. My goal, for now, is to finish a novel. I'm not even putting the pressure of a "good" novel on myself... yet. Just finishing will suffice. But I'm hoping that by publicly outing myself, that goal will be a little easier.

I don't know why it seems like a dirty little secret-- probably because the things I wrote as a teenager are so intensely embarrassing now-- but there you have it. I'm a writer, and I'm adding it to my list of titles with equal importance as wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend. My goal is to finish a novel. And no, you can't read it. Yet.


  1. Awesome! Congrats!

    Finishing a novel was my goal, too. I wanted to try for publication, maybe, and that was a BIG maybe, but I wasn't sure I could actually put 80,000 words down on paper and have them make sense.

    Good luck--just keep on keepin' on.

  2. D'oh! How'd you know I'd ask to read it?! :) Good luck Kate!

  3. You can do it, Kate! I used to struggle with finishing a short story. Then I wrote about something I was passionate about and the words poured out into a 128k word novel. And trust me. There is nothing like that moment when you type the last word. I don't care if there are weeks of editing ahead of you. You just can't beat the high of accomplishing something like that. Go for it!

  4. Thanks for the encouragement ladies! I really appreciate it. I feel naked even admitting that I'm writing-- I can't imagine what a mess I'll be when I start querying!

  5. Don't break the chain:

    if you need a little extra "push", NaNoWriMo is just around the corner:

    This of course, comes from a guy who who still writes crappy HS poetry in his head has participated in NaNo every year but has never "finished". Remember, even if it's just one word a day, it's progress.

  6. Thanks for the link, Money! I didn't know you did NaNo!

  7. There's much that you don't know young Padawan - if I was more Jedi, I'd actually complete Nano. That reminds me, I have a book or two for you whenever I can find the time to unpack them (or just run across them). They'll either help on your journey or make great paperweights.

  8. That would be great. I have a few titles that Cat recommended, and I have Natalie Goldman's Wild Mind here, but that's about it.

  9. this the project that you asked me help you with?

    You are an excellent writer! I only wish that I could write as well.

    Go for it!

    Love you.


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