Today is Day 2 of the March Slice of Life – that daily writing challenge hosted at Two Writing Teachers.
On Monday, I was on Twitter when I learned about the death of Louise Rennison. There was such an outpouring of tributes to her and her writing – and I did not know her at all. I quickly clicked on links and read about her and was so moved by her life, her writing, her death.
Louise was close to my age but had published many books and had made a name for her humour and her quirky characters.
Twenty years ago another death of a successful woman affected me greatly. She was newly married, had just opened her own gallery and was so happy, with so much to live for. I had talked with her a couple of weeks before her death and was struck by her happiness and passion for life.
Her death in a car accident made me look at my own life – and realize just how unhappy I was in my marriage – and that I deserved to be happy. She inspired me to seek a separation and a divorce and change my life, to take control. Eventually I would remarry and am now very happy.
Louise’s death has caused me to look at my writing life – and realize how little I have done in the past year, and that if I was to die today, I would have little to show for what I have done. I have not pushed myself to pursue this craft of writing with the passion and dedication it deserves.
A wake-up call – and about time – to look at my priorities and what it is I really want from my writing.
The goal of daily writing has begun this month. I need to buckle down and refocus my attention to my stories and make them shine (my OLW for 2016 by the way)