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Good News, Art, and Updates

It has been a while since I’ve posted, but it’s because I have been really busy writing and revising. Yay! I had initially created this site to chronicle my journey into visual art hoping it would eventually bring me back to my first love: creative writing. I am happy to report that spending eight months focusing on visual art led me right back to the novel I had been dreaming of writing since 2011.

In October of last year, an artist I follow mentioned a live FB event with author coach Sage Adderley-Knox. While sitting in my car waiting for my son to get out of school, I watched Sage discuss her six-week program for writing a first draft. I decided to take the leap, and I’m so glad I did. For the first two weeks of the program, I was still completely blocked and just could not write. Then during one of our live meetups on FB, she said, “You are not writing this book for other people, you are writing this book for yourself. You must write something you are proud of. You cannot do that if you are writing for someone else.” Something about that clicked for me. I had been trying to figure out how to write the novel based on what I thought other people might want to read with a thousand different opinions screaming in my head. When I started to focus on the story I wanted to tell and how I wanted to tell it, the novel just poured out of me and onto the page. Six weeks later, on December 24, 2018, I had completed an 88,825 word first draft. I decided to continue working with Sage one-one-one, and I am nearly finished with the first revision of the novel I had dreamed of writing for seven years! And…I finally came up with a title that I love! What a miracle!

So, what else have I been up to? I’ve been making lots of art, too. I’ve been participating in Effy Wild‘s amazing art classes. In addition, I’ve been using an incredibly healing technique in my art journal called Cosmic Smash Booking created by Catt Z, and have been learning so much about some very freeing abstract painting techniques from Ady Almanza’s Abstract Dreams course. If you head over to my Instagram page, you can see more photos of what I’ve been creating over the past four months.

I am learning that I cannot just write or just make visual art. If I try to do too much of one without the other, I get really cranky. So, I am working on finding a balance between writing and making art. I hope that you will stay with me for the next part of my journey as I chronicle the art-making and novel-revising, and figure out what is next for me on this wild and wacky adventure.

12 thoughts on “Good News, Art, and Updates

  1. Hi Sarah. Loved to read your post – and see your art. Happy for you that you found yourself a coach and a way to finally write your book. Congratulations!
    Thanks for sharing all this here – I’m intrigued by your journal pages, love the EMERGE face in particular, and the abstract pages.

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  2. Congratulations re your novel! I know what a slog that can be. And as always, thank you for sharing your beautiful art. ❤

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    1. Thank you so much, Effy, for being such a HUGE part of this process. Your art, your classes, they are MAGICK!!!


  3. Congrats on the first draft!!! That’s awesome!!!
    I love the part that you need to write for yourself and not what you think someone wants.
    If I can keep that in mind, I might be able to return to my first story idea and finish. Though, I wonder if too much time has passed for it to come back to life.
    I love all the art you shared as well.

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    1. Thank you so much. Yes, writing for myself was the key I needed to unlock the story. I hope that you will return to your first story idea and finish, and that it will have a renewed sense of purpose and meaning for you ❤

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