Last week I attended a writers conference and quite frankly, I have been doing this all wrong. I should apologize.
But at the same time, I knew that this was a process of learning. I knew that I would not get this right. I knew that I needed to practice. I just have been practicing on a very public practice spot. But it gets me writing, so I suppose its a good thing.
I am so sorry.
I have so much to learn. As we all do when we are learning a craft I suppose. Most people just spend their time learning in a more private way. For me, doing this blog is making me practice. If I hadn’t done this, I suppose I would have just continued writing privately in my journals and never actually taking the time to write some of the stories that I have. So I guess its a good thing.
But, I have SO MUCH LEARNING to do yet!!
I have been teaching my kids writing for a long time now and yet, haven’t grasped myself some of the more important concepts. Mostly, I suppose, because in elementary years, when I have been teaching them, we talk more about getting them to write than actually getting them to write well. Sometimes its enough of a fight to get that far.
Now, the other thing is for me to get writing done BEFORE the dogs need to go outside, and inside, and outside and inside again. BEFORE the kids want this or that. BEFORE all the morning routine starts. BEFORE the text messages start coming or the Facebook posts start needing to be read.
Procrastination is NOT my friend.
And yet, why is it, I partner with it every day?? I LET those distractions take precedence so many mornings! I could have gotten some things started first thing, before all of these things start and yet, here I am, yet again….. Sigh….
I have SO MUCH to learn. I need to do the work to learn the craft and improve my writing. It’s a craft that I need to learn to do in order to improve. Funny, how I thought that I could just sit down and do this, (at first anyways) and it would be done well. I was so naive..
“Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration; the rest of us get up and go to work.”- Stephen King
What do you recommend to fight distractions?? How do you break through those procrastination patterns?? Thank you so much for encouraging me in this writing path and being patient with me while I learn this craft.