Let Me Count the Ways

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photo of bird sketch for my cards on Etsy

If you think you balance a million and one dreams in your head, spare a thought for this crazy woman, please. I wake up each morn. My mind begins to swirl. Spinning its way through a library of ideas. Each one stored on the dusty shelves and ready for the choosing. A day of possibilities opens up before me. Let me count the ways this blog has started the sparks for creativity. I am stretching my boundaries and spreading myself far too thin. Reading this post, might make you feel better.

In the Beginning

I suppose it all began when I got this insane idea that I wanted to write fiction. I stumbled on goinswriter.com and enrolled in the Tribe Writing course. My life changed. The big one being, I started believing, I am a writer. With practice and education I dare to release my craft onto the page. What I did not plan, was meeting so many wonderful people who encourage and inspire me. It lead me to joining a community of FB fiction writers. We cheer each other on in every aspect of writing a novel. I am learning by watching many of them publish.

Writing a Novel

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Editing lesson for The Whitby Files

First, I realised novel-writing is hard and I needed to learn much, much more. After sharing my novel, it was clear I had to go back to school. The Holly Lisle Editing course is amazing (one of many) and scary too. The amount of work is astounding, yet I know many of these skills will come naturally, once I learn the drill.  I can then apply it to all my half written novels one fine day. At lesson 5 and I’m taking my time, because reading the manuscript over and over, is necessary when looking for different faults.

Picture Book Dreaming

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Thumbnails for Sugar and Spice

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Unfinished illustration from Sugar and Spice by Kath Unsworth

On top of writing fiction and learning how to edit, I thought it might be nice to write and illustrate a Picture book. (What the?) I read a step by step guide Childwrites. Their website quote. (The Child Writes Program is a stunning project, nurturing literacy and creativity, and giving primary school aged children a voice by offering them the opportunity to write and illustrate their own children’s picture books). The book I purchased  is for all ages, believing creating picture books is child’s play. Once I learn these skills….(not easy this picture book stuff) I want to encourage children to do the same.

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Illustration from Sugar and Spice by Kath Unsworth

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Orange Cow by Kath Unsworth will be featured in a local Gallery

Blogging

This blogging thing is a challenge, posting something of value to my readers is not easy. Posting work I can be proud of needs a lot of good tools. I love using the hemingway app to tidy up my writing. Little programs such as these are wonderful to keep handy.  Two years into blogging now and I have enjoyed it more than I thought I would. (Thanks to you) But it has also opened up a whole world of art opportunities for me. I started creating art for a local art/craft gallery. The Spotted Cow Gallery.

Art/Craft Gallery In the gallery I started out using pencils, sketching the animals around me. I dreamt of an orange Cow, I sketched it in pencil first. In my vivid dream, it was a large bright and bold painting. The painting stands at nearly one metre and its ready to go into the gallery soon.

Etsy Shop

In between, blogging, picture book illustrations, editing my novel and creating art for the gallery I decided to gear up and open an Etsy shop. NUTS! My passion for pen and ink sketches needed a home. I joined the Etsy revolutions course and now learning how to run a business online for my art.

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Ostrich by Kath Unsworth Original pen and ink sketch for my Etsy shop, coming soon

HUGE Question

What was I thinking, sticking my neck out and taking on all these challenges at once, you ask? I think for me, things just evolve. I try to do one thing and I just can’t. I listen to the whispers in my head when I am asleep and awake, something guides me to each new task. So each skill and creation is evolving slowly and I have accepted that good quality writing and art takes time.

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Art is my therapy, by Kath Unsworth small magnet for Etsy shop

My art has come so far, my writing also, but it is a long road for a novel. I can count the ways in which I have learned so many wonderful lessons and I will never grow tired of learning. I hope you can find something useful in this post to take away with you. Leap out, into the unknown and follow your dreams and gut feelings. How are your projects coming along, share them with me here. I read this over today and stopped wondering why I have not written a blog post in ages……NOW what am I going to work on today?

About Minuscule Moments

Everybody has a DREAM. Today is the first day of the rest of my writing life. Its a lonely world out there when you are learning the craft. This year, as the same as last year, I want to finish my first children's picture book. I have learn't many wonderful lessons on this journey. You are never too old to learn.
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104 Responses to Let Me Count the Ways

  1. kayesims says:

    “What was I thinking, sticking my neck out and taking on all these challenges at once, you ask? I think for me, things just evolve. I try to do one thing and I just can’t.”

    Kath, I so much appreciate your honesty about this struggle. It seems I am often in conflict with myself about doing just one thing or letting myself work on all the different dreams and ideas.
    You continue to be an inspiration to me.

  2. I’m dizzy with all you are accomplishing! I’m so proud of you! Thanks for including the hemingway app etc. I love to learn something new everyday and find different ways to expand my writing (or make it more concise!). Keep up the great work! ♥

    • Im a bit dizzy too Yvonne, The hemming way app is good for helping write a clear blog post. But when it comes to novel writing it does not fair so well. I actually came across a post where someone put some of Hemmingways work to the test, and it failed. So what I understood from this is it can tell you whether your work is clean clear writing, but is not so good with complex sentences. So when you use it be aware of that.

  3. timelesslady says:

    Thanks for the great links in your post, and I love your scratch birds.

    • Thank you for stopping by, I have been doing scratchy sketches with illustrator pens now for some years. I never thought of selling them until many people in this community encouraged me. Where would we be without our art? Your watercolour paintings of flowers are gorgeous.

  4. Aquileana says:

    I love this post and thanks for sharing your insights with us as I read them as Lessons… It is great that you learnt how to edit, and liked very much the drawings you shared above. All the best to you!, Aquileana 😀

  5. annepeterson says:

    I cannot believe how many things you are attempting at once. You and I are similar in this. The problem for me is that the blog gets put aside, unless I’m really itching inside about something. Like I was about Jeff’s latest group. I’m wondering if the fact you have so many support systems in place is the reason you keep cranking out so many things. I especially like this post because of all the valuable links you shared. I will be checking out some of those for sure.

    • Thanks Anne my down fall is, everything is taking so long to do. But I read a post from a an artist who was just like me, she had so many things she wanted to do and it took her seven years to get her picture book out. This gave me heart and now she has novels and art everywhere. So when I look at each individual project they all have to be done. Today I am having an outline day. One outline draft for a competition short fiction to complete. One outline sketch for gallery, one outline illustration for picture book. When I do the outlines, something happens….I want to finish them and then I am one day closer to finishing. Thanks for stopping by.

      • annepeterson says:

        You and I are alike. I never have just one project. And that’s okay. And realizing we will have different timetables just frees us up, Kath. Hope it went well with your outlines.

  6. Judy says:

    Wow a novel too!! I know it is a big thing. My sister has two novels selling on Amazon so I’ve seen the process..not just the writing, story, characters and all that, but then depending on whether you get to publish traditionally, you go indie and have to format for web..Smashwords..Amazon etc and do cover art…so many things for the completed project. Is it fiction?

    Also, I love your scratchy birds and can’t wait to visit the Etsy shop once you are going!!

    • Hi Judy yes the process of learning this writing craft are endless. Fiction mystery for YA draft I finished through nanowrimo. Stories come into my head all the time. It will be a long time until it is finished I have many skills to collect along the way. Thanks, Shop waiting on cards to be printed and then I will be selling original pieces and card packs too.

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