As a girl I was an avid reader, a bibliophile. I had this little spot in my playroom between a dresser and a bookcase, where if I sat just right I became invisible to the outside world. That little hidey-hole became a portal to different worlds -magic wardrobes, stuffed animals who came to life, mysteries to solve, epic journeys to undertake, secret gardens and princesses who did more than wait to be rescued, and some who just waited.
It was in that hidey-hole that I first felt the nudge. Grabbing the most imaginative book I could find, Alice in Wonderland, I sat down at my little typewriter and fed paper into it… clickity-clack clickity-clack - dutifully pretending, not to dive into the world of Wonderland, but that I created it. Clickity-clack and a little bit of hand illustrating - I followed the nudge I had inside to create something magical.
That nudge to paint a story became that need to write in a journal as I grew older.
Books filled with my random thoughts and rants and profound insights.
Books filled with things that I felt the nudge to record, express, let out, create.
I received nudges for many ‘real’ books too. 15 to be exact.
But it’s not enough to be nudged is it?
It’s easy to ignore.
It’s easy to find other things more urgent, more persistent, more important than simply following a nudge.
Until the nudge is no longer a nudge. It’s a need.
My nudges had been shelved for long enough, in need of some serious attention.
My nudge to write a book became a non-negotiable need when I realized that ‘Your Inner Council’ was ready to be written. Not just ready, but that beautiful concept kept hitting me in the back, deepening with every day. I started experiencing every chapter, every section, each of the individual council members I held within me - they all showed up in my life, one at a time, in my face until I committed them to paper.
I was living my book in the same way I experienced those magical realms in my hidey-hole. Clickity-clack… it had to come out.
How about you? Do you feel the nudge becoming more persistent? Do you feel it pushing and pulling you? Are you ready to write?
In March we'll start writing here...I took these photos yesterday. There are no filters. It's a magical place to create. And then for 6 months we journey together and stay on course, cumulating of course in a published book. YOUR published book.
Many say the timing isn't right.
That's not true.
What that means is that the nudge hasn't become urgent enough. Publishing is not yet a non-negotiable.
This is for those who are ready.