Count on the Unpredictability of a Writer’s Life

So, I’ve created this blog and now what?

I plan to write short stories to share here and work on the longer works, too.  But, how do I fit it all in?

I turned on my computer and I got down to the business of…social networking, school projects, and email.

This isn’t the best start.

So, I closed it all and said, “Okay, now for real this time…” and immediately realized that staying on WordPress wasn’t any help.  An hour went by and I realized that all I’d done was explore other people’s successful, well-done, and extremely pretty blogs.  They’re good at this. (Should I change the font or the colors? A new theme? Is anyone really going to read any of this?)

And I came across this gem:

Count on the Unpredictability of a Writer’s Life.

So, in other words, I’m normal, my blog is fine, and being nervous and procrastinating is expected when you start something big. Writing isn’t big. Even my fantasy world isn’t new to me.  So, why am I procrastinating now?

Because now I have a potential audience of people I’ve never met. I’ve thrown the gates wide open and letting other people in.  I’m starting to freak out in a major way.

I went searching for a guru, someone to help me remember how to breathe and realize that just because I opened my world up for others doesn’t mean I suddenly have a deadline or need to expect any more of myself than I already had before.  Just write.  It’s only posting in one more place, after all.

So, I found Lisa J. Jackson’s blog article very helpful (see procrastinating wasn’t all for nothing).  While I’m not self-employed or freelance, many of the same stuff applies.

Thanks, Ms. Jackson!

 

 

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About Hope Graham

I am a writer, teacher, and theatre and travel enthusiast. I teach theatre in public schools. I love to read, write, play with my kids and play pretend all day long!
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