A few weeks ago I committed to myself that this year I would dedicate a few hours a day, several days a week to writing for fun. Ha, what a joke! What I should have pledged is that I’d write regardless of how not fun it might feel on any given day.
Don’t get me wrong. I actually do enjoy writing a lot of the time.
I’m a recovering journalist who later moved to working in marketing and public relations, primarily, so I could continue to get paid to write.
I’m a word nerd who celebrates getting my daily term-of-the-day email from Merriam-Webster. Schadenfreude remains my favorite. I mean, who knew a single word could convey so much?
I’m a book worm who highlights and saves passages – whether they’re in novels, magazines or even advertisements – that evoke emotion or simply strike me as innovative or interesting.
But with all of that love of language comes the inordinate pressure I feel (and I know I’m not alone here) to match the ability of those writers, known and anonymous, who have inspired me along the way. Ugh, I can hardly breathe just thinking about it!
I’ve dubbed that my writer’s blah (a.k.a. my intense perfectionist tendencies that can lead to apathy)…which brings me to today’s post.
It appears that, like the swell of people who flood my gym every January (and who I silently will to abandon the elliptical), there are also thousands of folks like me who have made similar writing pledges for 2014. So many, in fact, that WordPress has helpfully launched a Zero to Hero effort to help us along the way.
Day 3’s assignment: write the post that was on your mind when you decided to start a blog. I don’t think this is exactly what WordPress had in mind, but overcoming my writer’s blah was, indeed, what I was thinking about when I created this blog.
So here’s to 2014 and refocusing my Jedi powers during the first 30 days from “You will get off that treadmill” to “I will write that post.”
January 6, 2014 at 7:45 am
Oh gosh. I love your blog. I love words, eat the dictionaries 🙂 and truly enjoy t he way words move and sway. Much like you are doing with these post. Although, I don’t know if I want to recover… hehe.. thanks for liking my post. So glad I was directed here. Dee
January 6, 2014 at 8:07 am
Thanks for the feedback, Dee. Glad to find a fellow word lover, and I’m sure there are many more in the WordPress world.
Really enjoyed your perspective on the blogging neighborhood, although I wasn’t able to post a comment while reading it from my phone. Anyway, I look forward to catching more of your posts.
January 6, 2014 at 8:16 am
January 6, 2014 at 11:15 am
Stumbled upon this when I typed in the ‘zerotohero’ tag today! Love your blog, and can’t wait to hear more. I’m a student journalist, and by the sound of it I’m going to love your writing 🙂 Glad I popped over here, I’ll definitely be back!
January 7, 2014 at 12:55 am
Excellent! Thanks for the feedback. I’m loving hearing from fellow Zero to Heroes and look forward to seeing what you write.
January 7, 2014 at 10:12 pm
I have thoroughly enjoyed your posts so far. I giggled at the tale of the Nearly Naked Neighbor. Then after reading about your problems remembering faces, it occurs to me you might have to live with the eewiness of remembering him by his ill-fitting boxers. Thanks for stopping by, and good luck with your new blog!
January 8, 2014 at 11:11 am
Ha! His face is one that I actually remember, and given your alternative scenario, I’m grateful for it. Thanks for the positive feedback!