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Writing is Hard

  • Enter contests.
  • Edit.
  • Critique.
  • Find critique partners.
  • Post on blog.
  • Post on twitter.
  • Write something new.
  • Think about taking out an old piece to work on.
  • Outline chapters.
  • Get someone in my family to read my work.
  • Think in circles.
  • Be rejected and told something doesn’t make sense.
  • Go back and re-work again.

Writing is hard.  It takes a lot of time.  Sometimes I feel great about it, call my sister talking non-stop about something I’ve just written.  Othertimes, I want to lay down and not lift my fingers.  Sometimes the only reward is knowing I’ve put a few thoughts down.

Today, I’m having to force myself to work because I’m reminded about how long a road it is until a story is complete…something I am very far from.

Alright, it’s time to go to a baseball game – the perfect place to sit and think in circles some more.

I Love To Read…

Cale reads.  He reads a lot.  He reads more books than I have ever known anyone to.  He pours through books like he’s drinking a glass of water in the desert.  And I don’t mean easy books.  I mean “The Secret History of MI6” that has 540 tiny words a page, for 752 pages (I counted).   And he is ridiculously excited to read “The Journal of Southern History” that’s published quarterly and is filled with scholarly journals.  He reads those like they’re candy and can’t get enough.  How on earth does he do it?

I love reading and I love stories, but I also love running, playing with my dogs, working, cleaning, etc. and it seems that a lot of the time I actually have to remind myself to finish books unless they’re powerfully captivating.  Is this a bad thing?  I sure hope not.

How do you guys make time to read all the books you want?

Check List

Do you ever feel like there’s too much to do?  The funniest part about this feeling, for me, is that I’m really not that busy of a girl.  I work an average of 40 hours a week, and don’t have many responsibilities besides that.

I exercise when I want, write and read when I want, and clean when I want.  I take care of my dogs, call my family, see friends, and grocery shop when it’s convenient.  How do I fall asleep feeling like I’ve forgotten to do something, when I live such a relaxed life?

Tomorrow is my day off and I have a full day of writing (mostly), bathing my dogs, going for a run, and cleaning planned. Hopefully it all gets done. I’m going to have to make a check list to keep everything straight.

How do you get all the things done that you want to do?

Also, huge shout out to the finalists in Nathan’s contest, read them at: I especially enjoyed Anonymous and Daniel Wheatley’s. I absolutely would read a book with those as the first paragraphs.