Via Scoop.it – Jonna Ivin
Me: Do you have words of wisdom about writing that you want to pass on to novelists and writers out there who are starting out?
Jonna: Have fun! If you want to write then write. If you want to publish then publish. If you find that you are filled with angst and banging your head against the wall, then stop doing it. Don’t take yourself so seriously. The single greatest piece of advice I ever received was from a well-known actress I highly respected. I was fretting over some project I was working on and she patiently waited for me to stop complaining then said, “Jonna, you’re not that important. Other people aren’t walking around thinking about you and your life; they are too busy thinking about themselves.” I realized she was right. No one cared if I stayed up nights crying and cursing the blank page on my computer. No one cared if I moped around feeling sorry for myself. I have one life and whether or not I enjoy it is entirely up to me. I love writing so I write and if it brings you joy so should you.
No More Crumbs.
When I decided to write my memoir Will Love For Crumbs I didn’t fully know what direction it would take. I knew the events that had occurred in my life that I wanted to write about, but I didn’t know what it all meant. And then one day as I sat at my computer I typed out the line, “I was so ready and willing to hand my life over, just waiting for that hero to come along and make it all better. I might as well have worn a sign around my neck that read: Will Love for Crumbs.” I stopped and stared at the words I had written and two things hit me. One, I’d just found the title of my book, and two, I’d just discovered what had been holding me back in my life. I had been sitting in the backseat of my own life, hoping someone would come along and drive me to where I wanted to be.
It was a rude awakening. The word that I couldn’t shake from my mind was: Will. I wasn’t “forced” to Love for Crumbs. Seeing the word “will” changed everything. It meant that all this time, I wasn’t a helpless victim that bad things happened to. I had been a willing participant in every aspect of my life. “Will” means I made a choice, and I had chosen to accept less than…
On Lifes Terms – A Perspective
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