Why I Write ~ Harmony Kent

Exciting things are happening around cyberspace this week. The Story Empire authors, Staci Troilo, Mae Clair, C. S. Boyack, Harmony Kent, P. H. Soloman, and myself are having the Story Empire Roadshow. All of us are discounting one or two of our books and offering prizes to lucky winners. Each author is hosting another author all week. For links to all the posts, click here.

Today it is my privilege to host Harmony Kent. And now Harmony is going to take this show on the road.

Hello, everyone, Harmony Kent here. Welcome to my tour stop on the Story Empire Roadshow. First of all, I would like to give Joan a huge thank you for hosting me today. I thought I’d open the tour with why I write, and tomorrow, we’ll take a look at what I write. And, remember, throughout this week, I shall be offering Kindle deals on some of my books, so keep checking in for details of which books and when the discounts are happening. The most prolific commenter at the end of the tour will get to choose ONE copy of any TWO of my ebooks!

Why I write

What now?

The question pulled me up short.

When I lay in the hospital bed, when I endured the weeks of rehab that morphed into months, when it all changed, I couldn’t have conceived I would find myself asking that question. Surviving, and then recovering, took up all my time, my energy, and my focus. And still, after all that, I found myself at forty, stuck.

My old life dead.

A new life beckoning.

Days yawned ahead endlessly, empty. The injury changed everything, and in ways I wouldn’t have imagined. Where to go from here? What now?

Homeless.

Penniless.

Jobless.

Isolated.

Disabled.

Pregnant with potential.

My life had strengthened me. Prepared me. Enabled me. I could do this. I could remake myself. Shape my life and mould it to how I wanted it. Finally, I could grab my dreams from the clouds, bring them down to Earth, and make them material and manifest. Forget reaching for the stars; I let them fall all around me in all their shining glory. After all, it is such stardust we are made of.

In the beginning, I sat down and wrote just for the sheer joy of it. I had no intention to publish. But then something else happened. An inner transformation blossomed after spending all those years in hibernation, just waiting for the right time. Even in those dark times in the deepest pits, when I felt buried alive, I’d been digging for gold.

I could have chosen differently. I could have given in. I could have died. Instead, I lived. I gave up, in the sense of offering up. Instead of wallowing in the mess, I found the jewel in the mud. Life is a choice. As old Red said in Shawshank Redemption: Get busy living, or get busy dying.

All the things I’d never been brave enough to do in my early twenties, I set about doing in my forties. It’s never too late until it’s too late. When you’re alive, you’re alive. And when you’re dead, you’re dead. I’ve learned that it’s best to go along with what you have and what you are: so, if you’re alive, then live. Wait until you die before you die. The worst thing I could’ve done was to become the undead, and only pretend to be alive.

Just going through the motions holds no interest for me, not anymore. If it’s worth doing, then it’s worth doing fully, completely, and whole-heartedly. It’s not a case of not ever being afraid. More pertinently, it’s about feeling the fear and doing it anyway.

Little did I realise, the day I sat down and typed the first word of my first novel, that I was saving my life. Not just saving it, but building it from the ground up. Such a joy to just make it up as I went along. Until then, I’d never realised such a thing was possible—that any one of us can change the way things are at any time. Just because it has a long history, it doesn’t have to be a life sentence.

That’s not to say that the years before that were empty, or pointless. No, they were the years I spent digging away the dead earth. The years I spent laying the foundations. The years I spent killing my inadequate self to find my true self.

If I have one regret, it is letting people put me into a box for so many years. Who would have thought that losing my leg, and becoming ‘un-whole’ would lead to me becoming the most whole I’ve ever been? Yes, physical limitations exist. Financial limitations exist. Even with these, anything is possible.

I have broken out of the box, and no way will I go back. Not until I die. And then I intend to burn … brightly. Our greatest power is our imagination. With it, we have control of our whole world. We can enter any dimension and manipulate any environment. Anything is possible. We can use it to entrap ourselves, or we can use it to find freedom. It all comes down to what stories we choose to fill our heads with.

What now?

I have a beautiful home.

I have enough money to get by.

Friends surround me.

I have a job I love.

Disabled (in body if not in mind).

Pregnant with potential.

The last two on my list will never change. The rest of it is simply the scenery. And, whatever happens from here, I can’t see myself never writing again. It saved my sanity. It shaped who I am today. It continues to give me sustenance and vital force.

Why do I write? Because I can (and we all can, you can, even if no one but you ever sees it). Because it’s who I am. Because it gives me a life I couldn’t have otherwise.

If writing isn’t your thing, there is something in the world that is. I pray that you find it and find joy from it. Each of my books shows a little of the jewel I pulled out of the mud, hidden within the enjoyable fiction. It’s not something I did intentionally, but then how could it be different? My creativity, my stories, are my jewel, and so the diamond is bound to shine through them.

If I can make a difference to only one other person through my writing, then I have achieved all that I want to. For many souls, a good book is the only respite from days yawning without end.

Writing gave me a reason. Writing gave me a passion. Writing won’t bring my leg back, but it gives me wings. And it invites my readers to fly with me. I don’t know of much that gets better than that.

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The above piece opens my latest book, Moments (available on pre-order on Amazon), and is entitled The Jewel in the Mud. Pre-order HERE (US) and HERE (UK). This is a collection of short stories and poetry that touches upon death, grieving, war, fresh starts, hope, courage, change, choices, and encouragement. Take a moment to delve into tales from the dark side, have fun with fantasy, dabble in dystopia, and court danger in a little science fiction.

I’d love to hear what inspires you in your life. Thanks so much for stopping by!

My website/blog: http://harmonykent.co.uk

My twitter handle: @harmony_kent

My Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/HarmonyKentOnline

My Amazon Page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Harmony-Kent/e/B00CO0AR7U and https://www.amazon.com/Harmony-Kent/e/B00CO0AR7U

Harmony, I enjoyed hosting you today. Your post is an inspiration to anyone who feels like giving up.  Readers, be sure to leave Harmony a comment and be entered in her drawing. Also, check out the other authors on the roadshow by clicking the links below:

Craig   |   Mae   |   Staci   |   Joan   | P. H.

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  • Joan, great job hosting today.

    Harmony, I found this post so moving and inspirational. Your attitude is fresh and uplifting, and I know you’re going to be successful with all your endeavors because of it. Thanks for sharing your story, and best wishes!

    • Harmony Kent

      Thanks so much, Staci! Your words mean a lot 🙂

      • Just calling it like I see it.

        Hugs and love!

    • Staci, I was certainly touched by Harmony’s post. Thanks so much for visiting today.

  • Harmony Kent

    Joan, thank you so much for hosting me today. It’s a pleasure to share your blog 🙂

    • Harmony, it was a pleasure. And your story certainly inspired me. So glad we have “met” through Story Empire and I look forward to reading your work.

  • What a fabulous inspirational story, Harmony! I know plenty of people who have face little adversity, and yet do not have such a positive attitude. I’ve pre-ordered Moments and look forward to reading it!

    • Wasn’t this inspiring? When I think of what Harmony faced and has overcome (with such a positive attitude) it made me think twice about complaining about my bum knee. Seems so minuscule in light of something like this.

    • Harmony Kent

      Thanks so much, Mae! 🙂

  • This is a great inspirational post! I firmly believe that finding a passion in life (be it writing or something else) is the only way to live fully, I often write about this myself.
    I struggled for years before I admitted aloud I wanted to write and it was so liberating. And, as you say, I can’t see myself not writing anymore.
    Thank you for sharing your story! And thank you Joan for hosting it!

    • Thank you so much for visiting today, Irene. I agree with you – if we don’t pursue the things we are passionate about, we’re not living life fully. So glad you are writing and that we have “met” through our little online community.

    • Harmony Kent

      Thank you so much, Irene! Good for you for getting writing; I’ll have to check out your stuff too 🙂

  • C. S. Boyack

    What a great post. To come through with such a positive attitude is inspirational.

    • I agree, Craig. Many people would want to give up. Anyone should feel inspired after reading this.

    • Harmony Kent

      Thanks, Craig! 🙂

  • P. H. Solomon

    That’s a scintillating opening, Harmony. It was very motivating. Happy to share the ride on Story Empire. Have a wonderful week on the Roadshow!

    • Thanks so much for visiting today, Paul. I think Harmony’s post is very motivating!

    • Harmony Kent

      Thanks, PH! Have a wonderful week, too 🙂

  • Your post has moved me, Harmony. It has touched me down deep inside where I live. For all of us visited by the cruelty that just living often dispenses, there comes a moment, a time, a nanosecond of pristine clarity coming at us from beyond the fog that we dwell in. It happens to each of us in its own precious time. It is what we CHOOSE to do with that moment of ‘light’ that elevates and separates us from that pain. Your honesty shines, Harmony. Thank you for sharing your soul. Joan, thanks for hosting such an inspiring person.

    • Thank you for visiting, Suzanna. Harmony’s post is certainly inspiring. And you are right, we have a choice. I once heard someone say, “We can’t always choose our circumstances, but we can choose our attitude.”

      • Great quote, Joan! “Attitude Not Platitude” Works for me.

    • Harmony Kent

      Thank you for your lovely comment, Suzanna. I am delighted that my words touched you, and agree wholeheartedly with what you say about that one pristine moment in the fog. All the best! 🙂

  • Natalie Ducey

    Harmony, more hugs coming your way! Your journey is such an inspiring one, and so eloquently shared. Your passion for life is evident in everything you do. You’re a brilliant writer and your gracious spirit shines bright, my friend. I’ve preordered Moments and eagerly await its arrival. Thanks for sharing this with us. And a huge THANK YOU for your tremendous support over the past 18 months. Cheers! XO
    Thanks very much, Joan, for the warm welcome. 🙂

    • Natalie, thanks so much for stopping by and for your support!

    • Harmony Kent

      Natalie, thank you so much. I sincerely hope that you enjoy Moments, and thank you for all your support. All hugs gratefully accepted!! (lols). Hugs and blessings back your way, too 🙂

  • carmen

    To paraphrase your words above –
    During the bleak communist years, reading gave me a reason – to live. Reading gave me a passion – to write. Reading won’t bring my lost youth back, but it gave me new wings.
    I deeply understand the obstacle life threw your way, and I admire the way you managed to lift your chin up and overcome it.
    Kudos to you, Harmony!

    • Carmen, thank you for sharing a bit of your story. I have a co-worker who is from Romania. Although he was very young when communism fell, he’s told me things his parents and grandparents had to face. You took a bleak situation and allowed good to come from it. Thanks so much for your visit today.

  • Hi, Harmz! <3 I've got a lot of catching up to do! 😉 I love how you soar!!! 😉 I'm having minor surgery on the 13th – Moments will cheer me up no end the day after! 😀
    Thanks for hosting Joan! 🙂

    • Thanks for visiting today, Jan. Wishing you all the best for your surgery.