This is a rather apropos question for my first blog entry because it is something I’ve been struggling with for years. I really won’t get anywhere with my quest to become a published fiction writer if I can’t be dedicated to actually writing. So what’s keeping me?
I’ve never been a very disciplined person. Anyone who has known me for a while will be nodding their head in agreement right about now. There are big plans I’ve announced, spent a few days following, then simply forgot about them. Obviously this will need to change if I am to be successful with my quest.
I’ve also always been a very self-critical person. It’s far too easy for me to get “blocked” trying to achieve perfection, or for me to stall getting to work on something if I don’t have the idea fully formed in my head. I find it difficult to simply sit down and get writing if I don’t have a project already outlined in front of me.
I have no doubts I can do the work. I’ve “won” at NaNoWriMo several times, and my work has been reviewed by other authors (both published and not-yet-published), and I’ve received very positive encouragement. I just have to do it.
And thus, this blog. Here I will record my progress, share my thoughts on my process, link to resources I find that might prove useful, and eventually crow about my success. And if I make a few friends, or find some interesting people to spend time with along the way, my life will be all the better for it.