Right now I’m getting into reading more of the assignments for our MFA class. I’m reading David Sedaris and Joan Didion, and a smattering of other essay writers. I wrote a couple of chapters of my new book (oh, did I not tell you I’m writing a book?) so that I’ve progressed and now am into Chapter 6. It’s going well – getting a lot of ideas as I think of the different scenarios for my protagonist, Joe. Suffice it to say, it’s a YA novel. I’ve stumbled into YA as a result of an online class (not the MFA one) that I took in May. I posted a story (the beginning of my novel) and the instructor (Dr. Eva Shaw) and my classmates liked how I developed the characters. So – Eva said “You should think about writing YA.” And so I am. I’m actually writing a few other first chapters of novels. It’s all crowding in my head. Interestingly, last Sunday, I was a wreck. I hadn’t written in a few days. I needed to write a bit more on my class project. So I decided to settle my anxious thoughts by doing three things first: One, I went to Mass; Two, I read a passage from the Bible; and Three, I said a decade of the rosary. And then I went ahead and wrote.
I’m always amazed at how settled I feel after reading the Bible, or after a period of meditation/prayer. I think that at the first moment of consciousness one must commune with God. To get one’s head right. Or before starting something new, prayer to the Holy Spirit is good. This is straight out of my dear Mom’s prayer guide. She told me to say 7 Our Fathers (the Lord’s Prayer), 7 Hail Mary’s and 7 Glory Be’s at the start of a project, or before a test or when I’m driving out of the house for the first time of the day. And I’ve done it since she told me many years ago. It helps.
I posted an excerpt from my novel on my Patreon page. If you wish to see it, it’s here: https://www.patreon.com/posts/story-chapter-6468359. I sent the link to my cousin and she found a few typos. So please excuse those.
So I’m off to read a few more essays to get into the groove of writing MY essay for my class. Next time, I’ll post the first chapter of my YA story here.
I hope you have a peaceful evening.