A few months back I was having lunch with one of my mastermind partners when she said “Michele, you sooo need to do a blog about writing. People would just love it.”
Now, the idea of starting a whole new blog was a bit daunting to me, plus to be quite honest here — I’M not entirely sure how interesting this is going to turn out to be — so instead I thought I’d try a compromise. A column about writing on my blog.
And thus The Writing Life was born.
The goal is to post a few musings about writing each week that will hopefully be both entertaining and informative regardless if you consider yourself to be a writer or not. (And as always, your comments and thoughts are greatly appreciated.)
So let’s jump right in.
I’m actually in an interesting place with my writing right now and because of that, I’m finding I’m struggling a bit. (Surprised?) Yes even professional writers struggle. In fact, it’s probably worse when we struggle because as professional writers we’re not supposed to struggle with writing. This is what we do! We don’t struggle with what we do.
(Alas that is so not the case.)
Anyway, the reason why I’m an interesting place is because my 2014 plan is about me stepping out in a much bigger way with my content and information. And that’s a bit daunting. In some ways, it’s a lot easier to write for other people. When you’re writing for other people, you’re helping support their dreams and goals. Your focus is getting them out into the world in a huge, profitable way.
But it’s their dreams. Not yours. Which also means any fears around being out there in a big way is also all theirs.
I’ve been feeling more and more called to get my message out there — and suddenly that means I’M the one in front. And as awesome and exciting it is, it’s also a little scary.
What if they don’t like me? What if they don’t like what I wrote? What if they don’t like my message?
And what’s interesting is how the fear manifests is by giving me writer’s block.
I’ll talk more about writer’s block in future columns, but for today I just wanted to share about what I’ve been observing about my own writing habits this week when it comes to working on my projects. Suddenly writer’s block is more of a problem. I’m finding I have more excuses than I normally do to sitting down and writing. I’m finding myself stuck. I’m also finding myself more tired this week than I normally am — by the end of the day I am completely exhausted.
I’ve been working my way through it all, but it’s interesting to see my reaction and see how even though I know this is the path I need to walk down, I also have so much resistance to it.
So how about you? What do you do when you’re confronted by fear of getting your message out there? Do you suffer from writer’s block as well? Post below — I’d love to hear your thoughts!
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