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.”