Wednesday, April 22, 2009
I finally did it. I started, completed and submitted a piece of writing.
This is a very big deal for me. It’s been far too long. No excuses.
“If the desire to write is not accompanied by actual writing, then the desire must be not to write.” Hugh Prather
Well, the desire was there but the actual doing had hit a major snag. And although I’ve previously mentioned suffering from writer’s block, there is really no such thing. If you consider yourself a writer, you sit your ass down at the computer and YOU WRITE.
Which I did. I was just never able to finish anything. And the more I fretted over this, the more frustrated I became and would just walk away from the precious few pages I had produced.
I was suffering from writer’s stall. The engine finally sputtered into drive.
It will be months before I hear whether the piece is accepted for publication and I’ve long since learned to live with the possibility of rejection. But this time, acceptance or rejection was not my ultimate goal (although an acceptance would be nice). Nor is the money (although that too would be nice). The goal was to create a beginning, middle and end – to complete something I am proud of.
Which I did. And when I hit that “Send” button I experienced such an enormous sense of satisfaction and relief.
(So, stop writing about what you did, Beth, and start doing it again…)