Writing, Reading, and Smiling . . . It's Contagious.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Stop Cheating Yourself

Do you ever have those days when you can't think clearly? I had planned to present a new short-short for this week's blog, but the words I'm writing are garbage.

I could blame my focusing problem on the new computer chair my brother gave me for my birthday. Sitting in something other than a beat-up rocking chair is messing with my mind . . . or not.

Maybe it's because I've been busy uploading my work to Scribd this weekend and I'm having uploading overload. Nah, that's not, either. 

Could it be that the simplest of grammatical structures is making me look and feel foolish? Possibly.

Does it have something to do with feeling anxious about the direction of my new book? Probably.

Am I having a confidence problem? That's more than likely.

Should I stop being lazy and JUST WRITE, FOR CRYING OUT LOUD? Definitely!

Am I mad that I've wasted several days of writing opportunities? YOU BET I AM!

So, what am I saying? I'm saying that if you're good at making excuses so you don't have to write, you're cheating more than potential readers. You're cheating yourself.

Get to work. That's where I'll be, too.

The trailer for my latest book, Haunted Voices from My Past: True Narratives of an Ohio Family, is in the running for the YGRV August 2010 book trailer awards. If you like my trailer, please vote

Also, be sure to check out E. Michaels' latest book, Little Duck Gets Ready for School. It'll make that first day of school easier—and fun!—for your youngster.

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In the meantime, keep writing, reading, and smiling.
It’s contagious.


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