Half Way There

I am one day over the half way point of NaBloPoMo. I have posted a blog all but two days, even though Bob insists that Throwback Thursday doesn’t count and that everyone gets ripped off when I send them to an ‘old’ post. Bob has been a huge supporter in my efforts to blog again. He always, always has a positive comment…well…almost always. He insists that we would get (yes, he says we) more readers if I could get my posts out first thing in the morning.

Last week, trying to take his advice, I was in a bit of a jam trying to get an early morning post so I decided to just send out a chili recipe I have. It’s kind of like a dump cake. You just open some cans, dump them in and simmer, I thought it was great. When Bob asked what I was working on I told him I was going to post a recipe. His entire body drooped in disappointment.

“Really Pumpkin? A recipe? My golfing boys do not want to see a recipe. They are going to see the title, see that it is a recipe and they are not going to care. We could lose them. Really?  You can’t come up with anything better than a recipe? Think of our fans.”

With a heavy sigh I realize he is right…it is kind of lame.

I read a lot about writing. Famous writers, when offering writing advice, have varying opinions but every single one of them says to be a writer you must write. Sounds pretty dang easy and stupidly obvious. For me, I get hung up on my writing not being good enough, interesting enough, funny enough or whatever, the list is actually quite huge. Therefore I remain hung up and don’t write. The reason famous authors tell you to write everyday is that practice is the only thing that will make you a better writer.

James Michener says “I am not a very good writer, but I’m an excellent rewriter.”

Sometimes what I start out to write about turns into something completely different. Some days I can whip something up in a matter of minutes and other days it takes me three hours. Sometimes I like what I write, sometimes I don’t. The thing is that every thing I write is special to me. Whether I like it or not I have still spent some time on it. I have still put effort into it.  I have hit the back space button and taken out complete paragraphs only to write the same thing again. I have deleted entire pages of writing and started over.

It’s work doing this. There are days when I wonder what the hell I am doing, I have absolutely nothing else to write about. Blogging is was stupid, stupid, stupid. Then I sit down because I committed to NaBloPoMo and something usually comes to me.

I am halfway through my month long commitment and I may not be writing the next greatest novel here but I am writing.


4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. melissa@chaffer.net
    Nov 16, 2013 @ 13:42:24

    I’m so glad you are! (In response to your last sentence) 😉 Melissa Chaffer, MA, LCPC The Arlington Center 3375 North Arlington Heights Road, Suite F Arlington Heights, IL 60004 847.577.4530 ext.14 l 847.612.0088 cell



  2. Mom
    Nov 17, 2013 @ 11:44:18

    And here I am enjoying everything you write. You’ve learned a lot from other writers and if you stop now, you will never find out how far you might be able to go.


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