Carpe Diem Just Do it!

today is the day copy

It is so rare, but nice, to be able to update history. I wrote this five years ago and much has happened since. I was spurred to write this and to act on it because of the death of my writing partners wife, and years have passed, and a year and a half ago we lost Linda, my husband sister. After this post, I did finish my book, and Linda who worked as a technical editor, edited it for me…but please read the history of this entry first and I will add-on to it at the end.

carpe diem scrabbleRemember the movie Dead Poet’s Society, all the students quoting Thoreau about living deliberately and sucking the marrow out of life, standing on their desks in support of Robin Williams/John Keating and his effort to get them to “seize the day,” to write, to live.  That is what is on my mind tonight.

Two nights ago my writing partner, William, lost his wife to cancer, and right now I resonate to his loss.  Sharon was his love, his life partner, the core of joy for him and she is gone too young, too soon.

jeep in the weedsHer loss reminds me there are no guarantees for any of us. But so often I have watched friends and family defer their dreams, their ‘bucket list.’  They are ‘too busy’ in the everyday, lost in the weeds, moving forward, but not toward their dreams. I’ve watched them put things off until too late.

That is part of what drives me about my writing. I want this book done, not that being finished trumps being well done, but I don’t want life’s demands to get in my way.  It took me years to see that the dream of ‘someday’ writing a book wasn’t going to happen unless I sat down at the computer and wrote a sentence, a paragraph, a page.

carpe-diem copyIf writing is a dream for you, but one that you never quite seem to get to, Carpe Diem. I did. I am not done, but I am close. Ten chapters re-edited. Four more to go. And the secret I learned as I wrote this book was it’s not as grandiose as making a big production or standing on your desk. It’s not the times you pronounce you are ‘writing a book.’ That’s exciting, a real high. But what writing a book is really about is the quiet day-to-day discipline of sitting down and just doing it, a page at a time.  The only thing that keeps a dream from becoming a regret, is making yourself live it.

And if your dream is something different, no matter! Carpe Diem, everyone, just do it! That’s write, (or do, or live), right!

live your dream copy 2…and now, as they say, for the rest of the story. The book is done and has been for a couple of years.  But getting bogged down isn’t. Well, some of that has been significant, time spent improving the book. As a new writer, even if I had pretty decent writing skills, there has been a lot to learn.

But this year I told myself I was submitting it to agents.  I started out doing that, and of course got a number of rejections…which led to second thoughts…and re-editing.

But time, once again, to climb back into the saddle of the horse that keeps throwing me!  How about you?  Dreams started but sputtering? They never will happen if we don’t try…let’s do it together.

About joanneeddy

Writer living in North Carolina. Originally from upstate New York. I love my family, my community, and my friends, and embrace 'living deliberately' in the world, trying to make a difference. I have written an as yet unpublished book, The Call, an epic fantasy with historical fiction and folklore elements. My blog is for other writers, for those who love a good read, and for all who, like me, are looking to find and live their call.
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18 Responses to Carpe Diem Just Do it!

  1. I am envious! I keep saying I am going to write a book and never get around to it. Maybe this is the kick in the pants that I need? How did you start?


  2. thedougone says:

    Thank you for again adding to what I keep forgetting. 🙂


  3. ellenbest24 says:

    Good luck you! Two years in and I am hopefully on my final edit, so you give me hope. Thank you.

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  4. My motto entirely. Seize the day, because nobody knows what’s around the corner.

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  5. Lisa Orchard says:

    Great post! A great reminder that we can’t predict the future. So do what you love! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

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  6. Absolutely great reminder. Live every day!! Thanks for sharing.

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  7. thejuicenut says:

    Well done on completing your book and not being disheartened by the rejections. JK Rowling had scores of them! Good luck, I hope you score an acceptance soon, it is great that you still have such enthusiasm for your project and still learning while waiting.👏🏻

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  8. Clive says:

    Wishing you every success with your book. Now, if only procrastination wasn’t my greatest talent……

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  9. Absolutely–don’t get sidetracked on your life’s work. If we don’t make our books happen, nobody will do it for us. 🙂

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  10. Bernadette says:

    As I watch the hands on my life clock move closer and closer to midnight I am reminded that the ticking repeats and repeats, do it now.

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