When I decided to relearn how to play the piano, I went to a music store and bought a book. I read the book (something I definitely know how to do), and then I sat down on the piano bench…and had no idea what to do next. This, despite lessons as a child. It wasn’t that I wasn’t capable of lifting my hands and putting them on the keys, but I was so flooded with something like despair that I honestly couldn’t proceed. I don’t know what the psychological origin of this block was. But I do know that I was tired of the feelings of envy and regret that came over me whenever I looked at a piano. What I needed was a teacher.
Long story short, I called my friend Susan, who has been giving lessons for years, and she took me on. She’s become a true mentor. She not only cheerleads my every effort and accomplishment, but when she sits down beside me to play the duets to my beginning melodies, she provides a model for hitting all the right notes–a vision of my future self that I am beginning to believe in.
I know so many people who feel just this way about writing. I always wanted to write, they tell me. Or, Writing a novel is on my bucket list. or, I would write if I could find the time.
As Susan tells me, Five minutes counts. Three minutes counts. As I know, waiting until your kids are raised, or until you retire, or until you have the money saved–will mean never doing it. The only time you have is now. And now is enough.
Sitting down on the piano bench, playing some scales, opening the book of melodies and banging one out (which usually leads to one more and sometimes another and another), this is the way, too, to begin a writing project, no matter how ambitious.
If you would like to write, and if you need a teacher, I can help. If you want to jump-start a new poetry collection, or hammer an existing one into a book, I can help.If you don’t know what genre or sort of writer you are, but would like to find out, I can help. Wherever you are on your writing journey, I can be there coaxing and encouraging you as you go.
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