Challenges, Blogging and Resistance

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After three people (that I highly respect both personally and professionally), recommended it, I thought maybe I should read “The War of Art” by Steven Pressfield. I thought it was a grand idea quite often, especially when it was brought up. I am not unique in my inability to commit, follow through or you know, start at all, but I like to believe I do it with an arrogance and panache that isn’t often matched. My excuses are excellent, my distractions are hard to argue with. Catastrophe, drama and incidental collateral damage have been friends, my whole life.

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Yet now, that’s not really true. I’m a parent in an equal partnership, I have a stable (if low paying) job, I have an excellent circle of dependable, drama-free friends/family. I actually have a white picket fence in front of my house, it needs a little work but that pretty much sums my life up. I’m running out of excuses to keep myself down.

Two things recently happened to cause some internal house cleaning, or at least a light dusting, to occur. One of my best friends Tom Dheere bought me the book and sent it as a digital gift. apparently he knows me way to well….

“….How many pages have I produced? I don’t care. Are they good? I don’t even think about it. All that matters is that I have put in my time and hit it with all I’ve got. All that counts is that, for this day, for this session, I have overcome Resistance. …..There’s a secret that real writers know that wannabe writers don’t, and the secret is this: it’s not the writing part that is hard. What’s hard is sitting down to write….”  ~ War of Art

The second thing was my discovery of a blogging project that is similar to the Write a Novel in a Month project (or NaNoWriMo). It’s called Blogging Ato Z and they explain the challenge as such:

“…Can you post every day except Sundays during this month?  And to up the bar, can you blog thematically from A to Z?

Most of the time if you subtract Sundays from April, you then have 26 days–one day for each letter of the alphabet.  When April 1st lands on a Sunday you begin on that day which will be the only Sunday you would post during that month’s challenge. 

Using this premise, you would start beginning April First with a topic themed on something with the letterA, then on April second another topic with the letter B as the theme, and so on until you finish on April thirtieth with the theme based on the letter Z.  It doesn’t even have to be a word–it can be a proper noun, the letter used as a symbol, or the letter itself.  The theme of the day is the letter scheduled for that day…”

So with those two things in mind, I have (foolishly?) decided to sign up and try to commit to myself a little bit. Starting April 1st, I will attempt to post something every day, other than Sunday of course. I think my theme will be memoire style, though I had to designate it as “Adult Content” based on the fact that my life has not often been safe for children;) I am going to spend the next few weeks trying to get that going, wish me luck.

This declaration of intent feels much like admitting you are going to start a diet or quit smoking…

 

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