June 23, 2011

The Blog About Nothing

This will be my 3rd post in 2 days. This is how I tend to run my life--all or nothing. I'm absent from my blog for months and then I finally sit down and go crazy trying to get out all the stuff that's been piling up in my head. There's no middle point with me although I'm trying to change that.

The number one piece of advice that pops up over and over in regards to improving your writing is to simply write. I know, simple, right? The problem is that I have way more important things to be doing and I seem to have a hard time prioritizing. I mean, we'd all rather do the fun things first, right? Those are the easy things to do. Too bad they don't actually make it on to my To Do list. I might actually get to cross something off.

My biggest problem is that my brain never shuts down. I'm constantly brainstorming, drafting, composing, outlining all day long. Something amusing happens during the day and I immediately start turning it into a blog post. I have 2 book drafts that I'm seriously working on and I'm constantly coming up with scenes and dialogue for both. I do my best thinking in the shower and when I'm driving alone. If I'm doing any task that does not require my brain (i.e. folding laundry, watching the kids at the park, driving--okay, maybe not that last one) then I immediately start "virtual writing". You'd be amazed at the number of things I've written in my head. When I actually do sit down to write, my fingers can't keep up with my thoughts. It drives me crazy that I can't type as fast as I can think.

Now that I'm getting settled here in TX, it's even worse because I no longer have so many other things crowding in. Last week, I cranked up the radio every time I got in the car so I could sing along. This morning, I tried to listen to some music on my 45 minute drive to the vet but I finally had to turn it off because it felt like there was just too much distraction. I've found that it's easier for me to fall asleep at night with a fan on because it makes it harder to think.

My goal is to figure out how to squeeze in some writing every day, whether it's a blog post or a new scene in my book. It's my joy and I do want to get better. I dream of having a book published one day but mostly I just like to rant and rave for my own benefit. If anyone else is entertained then that's just icing on the cake. Of course, the trick here is to somehow fit in the things that I'm required to do. You know, like keep up with my photography business, keep the house up, feed the kids (those little buggers want to eat at least 3 times a day!), keep my family in clean clothes, things like that. If only I could get paid to prattle on endlessly about...nothing. You never know. It worked for Jerry Seinfeld.

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