Friday, June 8, 2012

Practice



So, I saw the word practice and though, "Cool, I just need to write some more today." Well. Not quite. You see, today's when I began to feel the challenge in this challenge...

Day 4. Find a way to practice
... in public.


• Pitch a magazine you want to write for. Follow some of the templates in You Are a Writer
• Ask a friend (or stranger) to guest post on his/her blog. 
• Publish something on your blog you’ve never shared with anyone. Take a risk (we’ll be doing more of this soon).
• Submit that book proposal. Don’t “work on it.” Finish it. Send it off. And say a little prayer.


Whatever you do, don’t do nothing

I know that’s a double negative, but it’s worth breaking a rule for. Nothing is the worst thing you can do. Because it’s passive. And writing is active. It requires your fully conscious self. You need to show up and show us your gift.

Until you do that, you’re just practicing in private. Playing around. Kidding yourself. Don’t do that. It’s time to put your work out there — not because you’ll succeed. Quite the opposite, in fact. You’ll probably fail. And in the failure you can learn.

So do it. Now. Today. Fail fast, and then tell us what you learned. This will be messy, no question about it. That’s okay. Because practice doesn’t make perfect; practice makes habits.






This one was a little bit of a doozie. But a good doozie. No pain, no gain, right? I had every intention shooting out a quick blog post earlier today but after I read the challenge in detail, I needed to really sit and ponder a bit before just typing something up real fast. So, here I am, again. Minutes before the clock strikes 12. One day I'll be a morning person. I digress... 

There are MANY things that I've not shared here on my blog about my life. A few people who know my story have even asked me about that. I've often considered sharing because I want to be transparent but, like my blogging buddy Lis shared yesterday, it's hard to write about stuff when it affects other people. And that is very much the case with me. How do I stay true and transparent while covering others in love? Or, as Lis put it so eloquently, "how do I tell my story while protecting the sanctity of the privacy of others involved?" 

Everyone's journey is different. Everyone's timing is different. But I recognize the nudge I've been feeling as it pertains to my story. I don't know exactly what it all looks like but I sense that I won't know until I step out and do it in some way.

And here I am.

So, how did I "practice" today? I asked a friend if I could guest post on her blog (which is awesome, by the way). That was pretty easy because she's Sarah. She's like family. Plus she's been asking me for awhile. But that wasn't exactly a challenge ... so in order to stay true to taking a risk, I also asked a stranger if I could guest post on her blog. Not as easy. But I did it. And simply hitting send as I shot off my request was quite fulfilling. Regardless of what the response is.

As Jeff said in today's challenge, "It’s time to put your work out there — not because you’ll succeed. Quite the opposite, in fact.
You’ll probably fail. And in the failure you can learn."

#truth

The time is now.

I am a writer.

(in public)

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