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CYBER MONDAY: A WRITER’S NIGHTMARE

Black Friday_ A writer's nightmare

IT. IS. HARD. TO. BECOME. A. DISCIPLINED. WRITER.

There are a million books on how to be a good writer, many of which I have read and loved and been inspired to the moon and back by. But sitting down and making the magic happen is where the struggle gets really real.

This morning I outsourced the kids and finally found a moment of silence for the first time in almost a week.

But whenever I get these rare gems of time, it’s always a challenge to quiet my brain of all the “should’s and could’s” on the household to-do list to focus on the letters forming on the screen in front of me. (ESPECIALLY but not limited to when my house is a ball of mess and the Christmas crap decor is littering and glittering every surface in sight)

Then, add in the 42 social networks I should be perfecting to build a rockin’ platform.

THAT ALONE IS NOT ENOUGH. Now I must combat the eyelash batting allure of the blogs I should be reading and the Pinterest boards that take my breath away.

THEN, as if those things were not enough to challenge my writer self-control, EVERY ALL THE STORES ARE SELLING ALL THE THINGS HALF OFF W/FREE SHIPPING AND FREE SPECIAL SURPRISE GIFTS THAT WILL OPEN UP THE HEAVENS.

To a recovering shopaholic (more on this to come), this is like a drug addict sitting in a room full of heroin and meth and cocaine, trying to write a poetic post about Lent.

Okay so maybe that’s a little bit extreme. I don’t think my shopping addiction is/was comparative to a heroin addict. (Not that I would know.)

But here I am nonetheless, sitting at my dining room table, exercising my writing muscle. I just closed a mystery number of tabs with carts half full never to be returned to again, because I don’t need any of it.

I’m starting here because there is NO BETTER PLACE TO START THAN WHERE YOU ARE. RIGHT. NOW. RIGHT HERE. JUST AS YOU ARE.

“Starting here” is a beautiful thing.

So I just want to share with you that you can do it. If I can do it, you can do it.

I don’t have a special chair that is magnetized to my butt (that would be really intense.) I don’t have a computer that locks me into WordPress until my blog is written (obviously). I don’t have a boss giving me deadlines. And I don’t have a perfect life!

But what I do have is a fire in my belly to change the world through words. I do have a messy kitchen, a lukewarm cup of energy in the mug beside me, and a smile in my heart. Because I just wrote a blog. And sometimes the first one in awhile is the hardest one to write.

I’m back on the horse, y’all. Giddy up! 

GET BACK ON THE HORSE, GIRL

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2 thoughts on “CYBER MONDAY: A WRITER’S NIGHTMARE

  1. It can be really hard for me to stay focused on writing consistently, too. That’s something I”m working on a lot. Good for you – happy to see you “back on that horse.”

    Sometimes, I give myself silly rewards for productivity. And lately, I’ve been doing better about making smaller goals for my day – because I tend to put the big stuff until last. So instead of “write post,” I add one day to reach out to the folks I’m interviewing or outline post, then another day, write draft, edt, etc.

    • Oh I like that idea!! Spreading out the work for each post. It’s so much easier than going from 0-100% in one day. You’re bursting with blogging wisdom. I will sit at your feet and take notes…seriously. lol

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