In the aftermath of the Great Pickleball Fiasco (update later in the post), I had to spend a fair amount of weekend time being still. This was both good and bad. On the one hand, the weather was cool and dreary—perfect for burrowing under the covers—but on the other, I HAVE THINGS TO DO! I NEED TO MOVE! MY MUSCLES ARE SHRIVELING!
Okay, now that I have that out of my system….Another good thing about being still is that it gave me some pondering time, and that’s always beneficial. Well, almost always. Extensive time spent contemplating the cake joys in the freezer isn’t particularly helpful, I discovered. Belatedly. *sigh*
Fortunately, I spent more of my time thinking about writing, specifically the absence of any new fiction in my writing life. I haven’t completed a new short story in years. What was a huge part of my life and one of my greatest passions has been absent, and I miss it. I just haven’t been able to pinpoint the thing that’s keeping me from doing it. After all, I’ve written stories before, a couple dozen of them. I know the process, the steps, what helps, what doesn’t—I’m just not doing it. Not consistently, anyway.
Sound familiar? Probably. Maybe not about writing fiction, but chances are we’ve all had a similar experience. Something makes us feel better, either physically or emotionally, or both, yet we don’t do it. It’s enough to boggle the mind.
Well, after a bit of contemplating, I figured out that the reason I’m not writing is the same basic one that has plagued me in other areas of my life: plain old ordinary fear. What if it’s not good enough? What if I get stuck? What if my story has some horrible error in it and people will point and laugh at my ignorance?
What if, what if, what if… The questions may be different than if I was joining a gym, training for a marathon, entering a new career field, or moving to a new city/state/country, but the fear that prompts them is the same. And in this case, as so often happens, that is a very good thing, because I know how to work through fear. And as luck would have it, I can share my bag o’tricks with you just in time for this week’s Make-Me-Over May salute.
First we have a whole Fear-fightin’ Toolkit, complete with mascot (not included with post; you can get your own). In this post, I shared six steps for fighting off your fears and getting down to business.
If you’re feeling less than hopeful for your results, check out Optimism–A Renewable Resource for some reminders of ways you can help ensure your success. (And I define success as progress, not perfection.)
And if you need a boost in confidence, then Got Confidence? may provide some useful tips for builidng and/or maintaining your self-confidence.
I re-read those posts over the weekend, and I’m positively brimming with positivity now! I can’t wait to get back to writing, which will make one of my characters happy since I left him under sedation three years ago. I hope you found something useful in them, especially if you’re needing a nudge in the right direction!
Speaking of right directions, I think my knee is headed that way. There’s still some swelling and soreness, but I can bend it every which way and it feels strong. I won’t be doing lunges or squats any time soon, but I’m just grateful the damn thing works properly! I’m even hopeful for a walk tomorrow! Woo-hoo!
I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! I’m looking forward to checking on my reader later tonight!