Tuesday, June 5, 2012


The next 3 weeks are going to be a little different here at pressing on toward the goal. And I'm pretty excited about this little switcheroo. Here's the scoop. Author and Blogger Jeff Goins has presented a challenge called the Great Writers Series: 15 Habits of Great Writers. Each day for 15 days (Monday-Friday), Goins will share one habit all great writers practice. Then he gives us participants a challenge to complete by the end of the day. Today's Day 1 and though I found out about all this rather late in the day, I decided, what the heck, I'm gonna accept the challenge. I am all about becoming a greater writer. Besides, it's free, I write every day anyway, and there are prizes.
So I'm in.

(I guess it's not the typical Testimony Tuesday,
but a testimony nonetheless!)

Here we go...

Day 1. Declare you’re a writer.

Not just to your wall or computer or notebook, but to an actual person or institution. Someone or something you’re scared of — this could be a person who might reject or judge you, a family member who may misunderstand you, or a publisher who could discredit you. But tell them and tell them now.

Do it with pride and boldness. Write about it, tweet it about, record a video if you want. The more outrageous it is, the more likely you are to believe. This is what we’re trying to do here: convince ourselves that we have the right to pick up the pen.

Here's the funny thing about Day 1. And the cool thing. I made a declaration before I even knew about the challenge! Earlier today, I was at physical therapy. Two of the staff members were in the midst of a conversation but one of them was unsure of the definition of a word spoken. I was already searching for an 80's fact on my phone during my electrotherapy (about a Peter Cetera song from Karate Kid but that's a whole other story), and one of them asked me to look up the word. When I said I had the dictionary app (yes, I'm a word nerd ... and proud of it!), the guy looked surprised. I said, "Hey! I'm a writer!"

What's even funnier about all this is, after I made the statement, I immediately thought about Jeff Goins' recent "You Are A Writer" challenge (which I almost participated in). Knowing the background of that particular challenge, I had an internal chuckle. Goins stressed the importance of being confident about who we are as writers. I am a writer. I also thought back to Jon Acuff's book Quitter where he talked about how often we shrink back from our gift or shrug it off like it's nothing. I certainly can identify with all that. For many years, I never owned my writing. I would say "I like to write" rather than just coming out and saying, "I am a writer." As I look back, I see how silly it is. Especially because anyone remotely close to me knows quite well that I am a writer. It took a little while to come around to it all but now there's no turning back.
It's who I am.

So, minutes before the end of Day 1, I squeeze in my declaration...

I am a writer. 

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