Saturday, October 9, 2010

In the zone

To fulfill a lifelong dream and, hopefully, to entertain and inspire others, I am now working on a manuscript. I must make it a priority, or it will not come to be as it is destined. I must be: In. The. Zone.

So, effective immediately, I will not be checking Twitter or my other social media vehicles. Writing is, it must be - for me, at least - a very solitary journey.

Distractions are DreamKillers, so I must slay them first.

Encouragement, on the other hand, is a DreamBuilder. I need it. If you are so inclined - or destined - to encourage me, please post a comment on my blog. I will not check daily and I may not reply often, but I will read every one, and they will fuel the writer that is me, and I will be forever in your debt.

If I can leave you with one final thought, as I begin this journey, it is this: Listen. Do you hear who you are or are supposed to be? Do you see your dream - off there in the distance? What are you doing to make it come true? Isn't it time to start?

And, of course, I'd be remiss in not saying, look every day for the lessons you can learn from our friend, Mr. Lincoln, and hear, and use them in your lives.

Outta here and in the zone...



@1Kristelle said...

Love your post, Ann. Since I'm starting on my own book-writing journey as well, it was very encouraging to see yours. If I can help you in any way, please Tweet or Email or phone me; I'd love to be a resource for you in the writing process if I you will be in mine, I can tell!

Take good care of yourself, since self-care helps you "hear" your own voice and lets it sing through your writing.


Lincoln Buff 2 said...


Thank you. Your kindness and generosity are heartwarming.

Encouragement is one of the most crucial elements for a writer, I am certain. We need to know others believe in us when we most doubt ourselves. And, too, we need to know we're not the only one with all these emotions running wild on this incredible journey.

And, it helps, too, to have people who are gifted at the craft leading the way.

When we got all dem tings, we got 'er made! And, I do believe, I got 'er made! Hope you feel the same way.

We'll write these books, girl! Let's go!


Lincoln Buff 2 said...

And, sometimes I use too many ands...

Lincoln Buff 2 said...

But, I can't use them at free will at work, just like I can't put my commas where I want. This is my blog and I'll use all the ands and commas I want, where, ever, I, want!

Dave Wiegers said...

I guess this means no Lincoln Forum for you tis year?
Will miss you.

Lincoln Buff 2 said...


No, I'm afraid not. Though, it's less because of the book than it is because of vacation time used for other things besides Lincoln this year, like family. Imagine that! They got a bit neglected during the bicentennial.

Actually, the book should be on its merry little way by then. Will be done with first draft this week, will edit in a week, and again a week later, then send it on its journey.

Who knows, maybe by the time of the Forum next year, I can have a signing there. And, then there's Virtual Book Signing. We'll see how the stars align and the process moves.

Have fun out there without me, okay? And, tell everyone "hi."