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Writing about writing

Today is one of those days that I’m really struggling to write. It’s odd, because writing is usually pretty easy for me, but when I don’t feel like I have anything worthwhile to say, it can be a chore, which it definitely is tonight. I’ve heard that one way around a block is to just start writing anything until the muse strikes (or bites, in my case), but now that I appear to be getting some real readers (as opposed to the amazing amount of spam comments I’ve received after blogging about dental phobias), I’m suddenly feeling shy, or at least uninspired.

I’ve had the opportunity to do a bit of creative writing lately (here on the blog and for another outlet which I can’t give much detail about right now), and have really enjoyed it. I also have a Stir the Embers writing project to work on – we’ve been taking some of our introductory workshop material and turning it into an online course or downloadable content for the website. Usually, my big challenge with writing is finding the time to write, and when I do make time, finding a place that is conducive to writing. I’m not much for sitting in a noisy coffee shop banging out the Great American Novel, but sometimes that’s all I’ve got.

I haven’t been particularly inspired by the daily WordPress suggested topics lately either, but with any luck this is only a temporary block and we’ll be back to our regularly scheduled blog posts tomorrow.

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An experiment

Let me just start off by saying that I’m scared to death to start blogging. I enjoy writing and usually have plenty to say as long as I’m writing about something I care about, but to keep a personal blog with the potential for other people to read it and comment on it is kind of terrifying. Still, I’m intrigued to start on this little adventure because of something I read on Seth Godin’s blog, which (and forgive my much-less-eloquent-than-Seth paraphrase) is that in order to get better you should write every day. Even if it’s bad and even if you’re not sure what to say. He assures me that, the more I write, the better I’ll get, so I’m taking him on his word and going for it.

It helps that WordPress is encouraging everyone to take up the One Post Per Day challenge for the month of October as a warm up to November’s National Novel Writing Month. While I’m not sure I’m ready to write a novel, I do feel like I have a lot to say and could certainly use the practice before I start on the e-book for Stir the Embers.

So, I don’t really have much of a plan or theme yet, other than to talk about things that interest or concern me. I may use some foul language and I will most definitely rant a bit. I won’t be upliftingly positive all the time (I save that for the other public forums I post on a lot), but I’ll try not to be a complete downer.  I will be honest and real as I can.