The opportunity to become an author in the Nurse Sparks book fell into my lap one day. I had an instant feeling of “YES” come over me and jumped onboard right away after speaking over the phone with Anita Stewart and learning about the process and intention of the book.
Writing has always come naturally to me, yet I procrastinate the most when it comes down to putting pen to paper. I made the decision to become a Nurse Sparks author so that I could experience the full scope of the publishing process. With a long-term goal to publish a book of my own some day, this was an ideal opportunity!
The process of writing my chapter, “Stoking the Fires of Change,” was both challenging and intimate. I began writing my first draft while on The Big Island of Hawaii in January of 2017. At that time, my chapter was focused on sharing a day in the life of me as a nurse working in elder care. I wanted the world to know what I go through everyday—the strife, the stress, the weight of responsibility that I carry-- as a way of receiving sympathy and praise for all that I give on a daily basis. Unknowingly, I was portraying the archetype of the martyr, which so many healthcare professionals example unconsciously.
I found myself saying, “This can’t be my message to the world!” Actually, it was the exact opposite of what I wanted to convey to my fellow nurses.
A few days before my chapter was due, I called my editor and asked for an extension. I asked her to trust me, but that I needed to scrap my first draft and start fresh. She trusted my intuition and gave me a month-long extension on the draft. My inspirational wellspring was bone dry at that time. I was having major writer’s block, yet I trusted that the creativity was already within and that, soon, the chapter would begin to flow from my heart, to my fingertips and onto the page.
Alas, the story revealed itself to me, once back in Portland, where I had more time to focus and get into my writing groove. Before I knew it, hours were slipping by while I was deep in my creative process. The story started to reveal itself; it felt as if a force greater than myself was writing the chapter! I chose each word with precision. Slowly, I painted the contours of the story with vivid detail and clarity.
It is with great excitement and a sense of empowered fulfillment that I present you to, Nurse Sparks, an anthology of inspired stories written by heart-centered nurses! Purchase your copy today!