“…Then You Must Write It”


“If there’s a book you really want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” ~ Toni Morrison

I have recently begun a new adventure, dear readers and fellow bloggers.

No longer can I ignore the voice inside me that is clamouring to be heard, so I have started to write a novel.  I am a little nervous, but mostly I am excited to be on this new journey I have destined for myself.

When I told a friend a little while ago about my plan to write a book, she said, “Gee, I’m the one with the English degree.  I should write a book!”  Well, I don’t have a degree, but I’ve always had a passion for stories, fictional or otherwise, and a desire to tell some stories of my own.

Heck, I wrote a teen novel when I was still in school, at the grand old age of fifteen.  So diplomas and degrees or lack thereof won’t hinder me now either.

It has been a rewarding experience keeping this blog that I started back in December.  The original purpose of Jennifer’s Journal had been to get into the habit of creating and writing something on a regular basis, in order to better prepare me for the demands of writing a novel.  But now that I have taken on this ambitious new project, I will have less of that precious commodity of time to devote to blogging.

But abandoning my blog seems unthinkable to me..  Have you ever nurtured a child?  Cared for a pet?  Or even tended a garden?  And then, stopped?  No, I will keep my blog, adding thoughts, inspirations, and a photograph or two, as often and as regularly as I can.  I would also like to keep you updated on my novel’s progress.

Life is going to get busier, that’s all.

I leave you with another favourite quote of mine:

“Writing is the only thing that, when I do it, I don’t feel I should be doing something else.”  ~ Gloria Steinem

How about you?  Have you ever written a book, or do you see yourself writing one someday?  Do you have advice for someone taking on a creative project?

27 thoughts on ““…Then You Must Write It”

  1. Super excited for you!! What will it be about? Let me know if you need a proofreader or a trial run for feedback. I can’t wait to read more about your new adventure! 🙂


  2. You are reading a page out my life story!! I would love to join you in this journey of writing, I have just finished my own book and will be slowly blogging about it trying to get some feedback, we can give each other support and helpful advice! Yeah for you, I love the picture of the CHAPTER 1. That sums up everything. Good luck.


  3. Congratulations. It’s not an easy step to make, taking pen to paper. It sounds like you’ve put a lot of thought into both your book and the process of writing it. The important thing is to keep going no matter what. You know you can do this, and when you reach those glorious words ‘The End’ it will all be worth it.


    1. Hi Diana. I’m not revealing what it is about quite yet, but it’s going to be realistic fiction. “Slice of life” sort of thing. Thanks for the well wishes. I appreciate all of the support I’ve been getting. 🙂


  4. Oh, my! I ‘ve found a kindred spirit!! I, too, am in the midst writing [egads!] 2 novels! It’s very slow going for me ‘cuz I’ve some heavy-duty challenges–please check my blog, when you got the chance.


    1. A kindred spirit is always good to have around! Thank you for stopping by and weighing in on my post. I briefly checked out your blog, but will definitely have a better look very soon. Please keep writing your novel(s), even if it’s only ten or fifteen minutes a day. Take care.


    1. Yes, of course a degree is a fine achievement. But the desire to write, I think, is more of an innate quality. I did take a Creative Writing course which gave me some valuable tools. Thank you for your comments!


    1. Thank you, Carla. Yes, I know you were thinking of writing a book. You should go for it too. I haven’t made any decisions on how to publish or get published yet; I have to concentrate on the writing first. Stay tuned! 🙂


      1. I will definitely stay tuned. Right now I am having so much trouble with my memory and mixing up my words, it isn’t a good time for me yet. I have my journal to use as a guide one day. I am excited for you though! 😉


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