Saturday, January 26, 2008

Writing Blocks

originally written on November 28, 2007

Welcome to my blog where I will talk about issues surrounding writing, share marketing news, provide tips to make your writing life easier and hopefully inspire you to keep writing-even when it gets tough.

This blog has been a long time in the making-not physically, because I have had the capabilities to do this for a long time. It was letting go of the doubts, self-critic and the ever lurking time monster. I kept putting it off because I knew it was going to take a time commitment on my part. I figured if I just didn't start it, the urge to write the blog would go away. No such luck. Like a toddler wanting his mom's attention, it kept tugging at my shirt, "Mommy! Mommy! Mommy!"

I couldn't take the tugging anymore, so here I am. I put my doubts aside and sent my self-critic on a very long vacation and I took the plunge. Now, I am not sure what took me so long to get started.

So often as writers we create our own writing blocks-I don't have enough time, I don't know how to start my novel, I am not that good anyway...These are all self-induced barriers that get in our way. There will never be enough time to do everything you want to do. You have to make time for the things that are important to you. In terms of not knowing how to start that novel or article, you just have to jump in and start. You can always cut out what doesn't work, but at least write something. And the idea that your not good enough-well, the only way to get better is to keep practicing. The truth is, I am not sure we will ever reach a level where we think our writing is perfect and we don't have anything else to learn or work on.

I challenge you today to get writing. Set aside 15 minutes a day, a 1/2 day a week or even a full day a week to start working on all those article ideas piling up in your mind or to visit with those characters from your book who keep bugging you to write their story. Whatever it is, just sit down and write. You will be glad you did.

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