Tuesday, August 18, 2015

I don't blog

Lack of confidence prevents me from blogging.

Without confidence, I cannot determine which one of the 120 works in progress should take priority. But, I know they should all take priority over blogging, or should they? (See lack of confidence above.)

These works are mostly short stories and essays, but one novel is about half done and four more have about 10,000. Oh and that reminds me of the approximate 80 poems of varying quality.

Of those projects, some only need editing, others need more words, and others are fully ready for publication, if only I could make time to get them into print for readers to stumble upon.

To that end, I would love an editorial assistant. Wouldn't that be nice?

I keep writing fresh pieces longhand. This is the first time in my career where ideas and inspiration have come steady. With legal pads and notebooks, I am able to get them down. There are tens of thousands of longhand words scribbled, any typists out there?

Fortunately, I have a critique group to help with the confidence. Also good is the start of the school year, which always comes with a promise of a more open schedule.

The muse is here, please send the work horse for the drudgery of finishing. The first step has never been the hardest; it has always been step three-quarters of the way.

Don't send wine, just an angel.


  1. Schedule, expectations, deadlines. These are words that should be in your vocabulary. Writing is a mystical experience, I really believe that. But it's a river that's always flowing, I believe that too. The muse is always there, but we have to be the workhorses. Trust in the process. The more you do it the more you will understand what is required of you and the more you will trust you can do it. Don't set yourself unrealistic expectations, set limited ones. There is that fine line between having to get started with a cup of coffee while checking Facebook and procrastination. You will know when you've hit that point and that's when you force yourself to put down words even if you're not sure they're genius. It happens, somehow it happens. Words get committed to print and you look back over them and you realize you've written something you can use. You can do it, go get 'em.

  2. Are you still looking for an editorial assistant and/or typist?