What To Do When The Writing Bug Hits

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I was sitting in a restaurant with my husband when I was overcome with the need for a pen.

I didn’t just want a pen; I needed this pen like I needed to breathe. My blood rushed through me at lightning speed causing my scalp to tingle and, OKAY, okay I don’t really know what my blood was doing and my scalp was probably just complaining about needing a touch up.

What I do know is that I wanted a damn pen and I was about to tackle a waiter when my husband got his attention and saved us both the embarrassment.

I had been looking out the window, noticing all of the items on the dock, when a story came to mind.  A story that I HAD to write down, right then and there, no waiting allowed.

Writing materials

I felt a kind of madness as I grabbed the pen, flipped my place mat over and started writing.  The words were on the paper before I even had a chance to think of them (not kidding).

I wondered if it was going to make any sense when I was done.

I filled the back of my place mat but as my husband started to hand me his, the frenzy ended. It was over and I felt good.  I felt finished.

I have been having similar “events” all week.

I think it’s good.

I think it means I am paying attention to my dream.

I now carry pen and paper with me.

Something else I did this week

I attended a viewing of “Who Does She Think She Is?” a documentary which explores how women often make difficult choices (also described in Catherine’s post Sat 3/28).  This film depicted women who were wives, mothers and artists; each identity vying to be seen and heard.  The need to create is strong and should not be underestimated.

It is a powerful thing that just can’t be stopped without losing the woman.  This movie spoke volumes to me and, it seemed, everyone else in the room.  I highly recommend it for both women and men of all ages.  I especially recommend it for young female artists who may be embarking on new relationships — and take your man with you!

The week ahead –

For the week coming I intend to meet last week’s goal of writing 1000 words a day.  I will also be reading Following the Whispers (Creating a life of inner peace and self-acceptance from the depths of despair) by Karen Walker.

As Catherine explains in her post 3/28 we have been asked to review this book and post our comments.

I am honored to participate.


(Dawnda’s dream was to get some piece of writing published in 2009.  She left the 8 Women Dream group in 2009 to focus on finding full-time employment.  We consider her an accomplished dreamer as she published her thoughts here and began her own scary stories blog at www.killeryarns.com)


  • Catherine

    I am convinced there is a great book inside you screaming to get out, especially after this experience.

  • Kim

    I love that story! Kind of reminds me when I’m about to go to sleep, a logo idea pops in my mind, and I have to get my butt up and draw it out or I’ll never remember it in the morning. Can’t wait to hear what you think about Following the Whispers.