The Adventure Continues…
Finding The Words To Write
“Telling a writer to relax is like telling a man to relax while being examined for a hernia, and as for confidence, see how stiffly he sits, glaring at the screen that awaits his words. See how often he gets up to look for something to eat or drink. A writer will do anything to avoid the act of writing.”
– William Zinsser
I was shocked to find that June 26th was the last entry in the Adventure Begins/Continues series. I’d ask where the time has gone, but it’s pointless to rewind and figure it out. Besides, I’m in a let’s move forward kind of mood.
My home, hosienda, camper, bed-on-wheels or whatever name you find pleasing to call it is still parked in Michigan. With the amount of rain we received in May, June and early part of July, much of my time was spent inside staring at a computer monitor. I’m grateful for the virtual assistant clients that kept my time occupied. To pacify my hyperactive, creative mind (and another way to distract me from writing my books) I developed another website – PenToPaperWritersCircle.com.
The beta-members (aka the Patient Ones) have helped me work out a lot of kinks in the membership platform, find my rhythm as a leader/guide/coach and, most importantly, deal with my own writer’s procrastination.
Yesterday afternoon I drove the dirt road to Peterson Point dictating into a cellphone app the following words:
We are a society that has been trained to believe we need a boss or someone outside of ourselves to hold our self accountable. As an entrepreneur, this is one of the biggest obstacles for getting tasks done (especially the tasks we do not like to do). It’s easy to set those tasks off to the side thinking we will get to them another day. With the boss we have somebody outside of ourselves dictating when things will be done, how they will be done, and provide us the necessary deadline to get things done.
It’s not that I don’t want to hold myself accountable, or that I don’t know how to hold myself accountable, it’s just the consequences if I don’t hold myself accountable are not as severe as if I was to slack on the job for a boss.
I can promise myself until I am blue in the face that I will get something accomplished. If it’s not something I want to do, and there’s no deadline, it will sit on a heap on my desk and wait for me to move it to a more distant plot of real estate on the desk.
So how can we alleviate our delay tactics? How do we get around the need to stall, postpone and set it aside for another day? Would setting a goal to have it completed by a certain day make a difference? Has that worked yet? I wonder if our delay tactics are because we do not have consequences for not getting it done. That must be it! There is no one looking for the rough draft, there’s no one seeking the next chapter and no one expecting to read the next paragraph.
It is frustrating to know the words I want to write linger somewhere between my thoughts and fingertips.
I walked the sandy shores of Lake Michigan at Peterson Point hoping the answers would flutter daintily into my thoughts like a monarch butterfly. Instead I found flat stones that my oldest grandson would have, if he was with me, skipped into the lake. I giggled, picked up the smoothest skipping rock and slid it into my pocket as a reminder to play more often and stop thinking.
The answers will evolve as the Mastermind/Accountability Group discussions continue. It’s a process, right? Right! I’m focused on enjoying the journey and savoring every morsel of it versus insisting I know everything right now. If I knew everything all at once, how boring life would be afterward!
And that, my dear friends, is where we’re at on our journey with the Pen To Paper Writers Circle Mastermind/Accountability Group. We are uncovering and discovering the hang-ups and joys of writing. The best part is we know for certain we will spend at least 30 minutes a week writing — and it’s during our weekly conference call.
Until next time… put pen to paper and write!
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