This one goes out to Angie Ledbetter at The Gumbo Writer for giving me my topic for this week: “Blogging or writing even when you feel like poop on a cracker.” Yeah, I can dig it. There are days when I force myself to write something even when I arrive home from work wanting to do nothing other than go straight to bed.
So why do I put myself through this? It begins with desire. I really want a career as a writer, and in order to fulfill that dream, I have to apply myself with the same diligence as anyone else who is starting a business. I set goals for myself and work to achieve those goals by applying discipline, so no matter how tired I am, I crank up my laptop and write.
Anytime I feel like slacking, I remind myself the book isn’t going to get written without a great deal of effort from me. Then I remember one of my writing instructors talking about having a passion for storytelling.
Now I am at the crux of the matter. It’s all about having a sincere passion for telling a story. You see, I don’t just want to write; anyone can strings words and sentences together in a coherent fashion and write. I want to do more. I want to give you something special, something many wonderful authors have given me in the past – a reprieve from stress, a place to go where someone else’s problems are more intense than your own, a place where you can feel safe and in control.
Open a book and fall deep into a story, so much so that you forget everything but the characters in front of you. That’s storytelling. That’s what I want to do for you. That’s the goal I keep before my eyes when I’m so tired the screen blurs before me.
Blogging? That’s the professional side of my writing, because I love communicating with other writers.
The novel? Well, that’s a little different, but if you come close and listen ever so carefully, I have a story to tell . . .
What keeps you going?