Tuesday, November 13, 2012

#blognow

Tonight was the night of the monthly Twitter chat, #blognow. The three lovely hosts are people I met have "known" online for years, but only really introduced myself to at BlogHer this past August. I have enjoyed talking with them instead of just listening in - it really has been so nice.

I don't ever really feel like a writer though. I like to write, but I'm not a writer. I like to sew, but I'm not a seamstress. I like to sing, but, well, okay. I'll take that one. I am a musician and have worked damn hard at making sure I was successful at that. Still. Creatively, I'm not exactly excelling.

The thing about November - that month where we torture ourselves with the promise to write everyday - it's a time where I force myself to sit down and post everyday. Granted, I've done a couple of gimmie posts already, but I also have done more writing this month than the past five or six months combined. So it's good for me.

I'm good at goals. Writing everyday for a month. Tracking what I eat through Weight Watchers. Getting the Listen to Your Mother show done. Things with tangible goals and deadlines, I can do.

This book that I want to write though? That's just me, thinking about it? Promising myself that I would write at least 500 words every night before I hit the pillow? That's not going so well.

Accountability. I need it, but don't have it where the book is concerned. I guess I'm not committed enough to it. I don't know.

I do know though, that I sat down tonight, thinking I would just post three lines, and I'm still rambling on and on. I have words. I just have to get them out. And edited. Some editing ever at anytime might be good.

2 comments:

  1. Anonymous1:22 AM

    What I'm hearing is that you do your best work in a structured environment with a team or group. That could describe collaborating with a symphony, planning LTYM, or WW, at least the older version that had the support groups. Maybe a writing group would help.

    Yes, you do have words. I think the words will flow more easily if you have more structure, beyond a word count, and some writing buddies. I personally do not see this as about big-picture issues of accountability or commitment, but a set-up that needs to be changed to suit you.

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  2. I am right there with you. I've been promising myself I'd write a book for oh 12 years now. Yeah...still no farther. But I have written 50k + tweets! :/

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