E. Darby Herrington

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Erin Darby Herrington, Writer of Fiction. Through my 365 Day Writing Project, I am learning that dreams are realized by building them brick-by-brick with guts and gumption, not by simply following them. If you can do that with your dreams, no one will be able to blow yours down.

I am a mother of three amazing kids, a lawyer by day and a writer of fiction by night. I’m currently working on two different novels. I chronicled my journey while writing the first novel, which involved building a solid writing regimen through My 365 Day Writing Project. During that project, I worked hard to write almost every day and I loved every second of it.

I believe in the Universe and what I know through life experience, logic and reason. I also believe in anything that moves my soul, regardless of whether there is any logic or reason behind it.

I am on a journey to do what I have always wanted to do. I have been working toward this for decades but progress always felt out of reach. Sometimes, even the possibility seemed impossible. I finally reached a moment defined by decision. The right decision. And now I am realizing progress and I am unstoppable. I see that everything I did before, even the languishing and inner struggling, was leading me to this moment.

It began in my early twenties. My mind would go off on inner jaunts – picking out pieces of daily life, nuggets from things going on all around me, small details and exchanges, observations and experiences – and would file these tidbits away to be written about later. True life moments inspire my fictional pieces. A wild mustache on a bank teller. The scratchy, tickling sensation of a long blade of meadow grass on my elbow. A lively conversation between two old ladies in the drug store, unaware of my presence. These are the kinds of moments of observation that peel off in my thoughts to later become part of a story. Stories, actually, as I have many. I am now ready to tell them.

“Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” Maya Angelou

“The writer must believe that what he is doing is the most important thing in the world. And he must hold to this illusion even when he knows it is not true.” John Steinbeck

“There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.” Ernest Hemingway

“Writing is the only thing that, when I do it, I don’t feel I should be doing something else.” Gloria Steinem

1 thought on “E. Darby Herrington

  1. Great perspective on writing. I do the same, creating stories out of things I come across day to day. I’ve heard the saying by Maya Angelou before, and definitely agreed. I’ll have to remember the one by John Steinbeck, agreed. Unfortunately, I have not found Gloria Steinem’s to be the case, for me.
    BTW, great idea on your 365 day plan, I might take the idea and do the same.

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