Wednesday! That's ROW80 check-in day (one of them) for those of you keeping score. And it's the day I post my 52 Stories piece each week (or at least the day I aim for).
This week's story has been filled with lessons. Lessons about getting stuck, writing myself into a corner, and pushing on to an ending even though I know there's a lot of stuff in the middle that doesn't hold up to scrutiny.
This is really good stuff! This is where I so often quit writing, so I never give myself the chance to finish up and then go back and edit and fix the problems. Weird as it may sound, I hope this happens again so I can really build a habit of just finishing without worrying about the details in the first draft. The fixing and polishing are supposed to come later. I know that, but I can never seem to live by that. This might be helping me learn it for real!
It seems a little weird, this lack of self-consciousness and anxiety about posting this story. This story, that just came to me yesterday, that was written down willy nilly with no idea what was happening in the middle. Is it because of all it's flaws that I can be so unworried about posting it? I don't know. I like this feeling of doing the work without the anxiety, though. This is how I want to feel about my writing--curious, happy, experimental (is that a feeling?). I like it. This is what I will aim for.
I will also aim for checking in on some blogs! I didn't get to any since Sunday for various reasons, and that part of the ROW80 challenge is really important, so I don't like slacking on it.
Before I get to this week's story, I have a little announcement. I think I've mentioned that I'm training to be a Kaizen-Muse (TM) Creativity Coach. For the final part of my training, to get my certification, I need to find one person to be my client for a month. If you have creative dreams you're struggling with, this is your chance to get some help with it. You'll get four free coaching sessions with me; I'm already fully trained and just need to do these sessions with someone (and the paperwork that goes with them, of course!) for my certification. So who wants some coaching? If you're interested, leave me a comment or head over to my website and use the contact form there.
Now, about that story...
Week 4: Sleeping Your Life Away