Saturday, July 18, 2009

My Year of Hopefulness - How to reach a tipping point

This week was a good one in the writing department. I was humming along right at the start of the week, and have been off and running since. It's a long slow climb to remake ourselves, to truly learn a new skill from the inside out. I started writing every day two years ago, after 31 years of just wanting to be a writer.

I didn't know what to do so I just began. First with this blog, then with Examiner.com, and now as a guest blogger on sites like Rypple and small call outs in publications like the Wall Street Journal and DailyWorth. Next week I'm joining a new team blogging effort, details to follow in a later post, and this Fall I'll be writing a blog for the Transport Group on their Fall production of The Boys in the Band.

My friend and mentor, Richard, has been listening to my writing plan for some time now and was the first to say, "at some point, the switch will flip and you'll find a way to make all this investment in your writing pay off." He's talking about a tipping point. Until this week, I didn't realize that the surest way to that tipping point in writing isn't only about hunkering down and pounding out the words on my Mac. It's just as much about connection and kinship with others. To get to a tipping point, we have to let others in and give others the opportunity to invite us in as well.

My writing tipping point may still be a long way off. I'm not there yet, but for the first time in two years, I think I might be getting to that point Richard talks about. At least I see it out there on the horizon. I'm just not sure how far away that horizon is compared to where I am right now. And that's okay. A little light keeps me going.

The photo above can be found at: http://phlogthat.files.wordpress.com/2008/06/img_7592.jpg

4 comments:

Laura said...

You have been such an inspiration to my own writing process and I couldn't have done it without you, so I'm thrilled to see the tipping point you're at - fantastic!

runner52 said...

Good luck

Christa said...

Thanks, Laura. You inspire me, too, girl! Excited for JCC. :)

Christa said...

Thanks, runner52. Of course I'll update you on the progress via this blog :)