Confession: What holds me back

Today, I woke up and finally took to heart what we all know is true: If you don’t (re)start today, the fear/guilt/self-doubt will only be worse tomorrow. Okay, it’s not catchy, but it is true.

About a year ago, Julie Duffy from StoryADay caught wind of my post-May plans: I was writing vignettes every day in June 2017, with an emphasis on description. It was what my StoryADay May stories had been missing, so I thought I’d make my June themed “not all description is fluff.” Julie asked if I’d like to write a piece for the StoryADay site after my experiment was over, and I was delighted. What better motivation to keep at it, right?

Cut the fluff, Amy - StoryADay May wrap-up

Not all description is fluff

I have an expression I like to use at work. I may or may not have coined it. It’s “cut the fluff,” and it’s supposed to mean, “Cut the excess from your paragraphs so that your texts flow smoothly and aren’t repetitive.” It also serves double duty for when you need to “fake swear,” like the expression, “Shut the front door!”

StoryADay May 2017

In my last post, The "ooh, shiny!" factor, I talked about how I have been adding daily writing back into my schedule. It's been going great so far, although it's kind of disappointing when I have to stop writing and go to work. I'm taking that as a good sign, though, because it means that this is what I'm meant to be doing.

I was recently reminded, I believe through twitter, that StoryADay May was coming up. I've never participated before, but this year it comes at an absolutely perfect time for me. My primary goal in adding daily writing to my schedule was simply to write more, rather than just having ideas, or wishing I wrote more, or wondering if I'm good enough... After all, you only get better by writing more often.

The "ooh, shiny!" factor

I am very good at convincing myself that I will do things that, realistically, I am unlikely to do. In a recent episode (112 - Pick a Uniform) of the podcast Happier with Gretchen Rubin, Gretchen and her sister Elizabeth talked about how we tend to overestimate how long it takes us to do things we don’t enjoy, and underestimate how long it takes us to do things we do enjoy. I think they are absolutely right, and that my personal tendency to do just that has led me astray many times.

I don’t like to think of all the times I have eagerly made myself promises that are completely unrealistic. You’ve likely heard the advice to make one or two small, manageable changes at a time and build as you go. I know this advice is good, and it’s worked for me before, so I’m implementing it now with my writing habits.

Tying up loose ends

I've got a few posts written for this new blog of mine, but I thought it would be best to finish launching the site before launching myself into the blog too fully. Juggling too many items at once tends to lead to dropping them all dramatically... That said, rather than a dead link from my homepage, I leave you with a placeholder and promise of good (I hope) things to come.

I've got a series planned on harnessing creativity, in which I'll be testing out a theory, and I'll be writing about my experiences with writing and developing good habits. My first real post is coming soon, so this placeholder won't be lonely for long!