I’ve thought about this blog post off and on all week, trying to Decide on a good “D” word. I found one a few minutes ago.
For the last few weeks…ok, if I’m honest the last few months…I have been Distracted, and haven’t gotten near enough writing/editing done.
What has me so Distracted? Let’s see how many I can list…
books, mostly good – I do LOVE to read (see my 2013 Reading Journal if you have a doubt)
children – yes, well…I chose to have them LOL
eating – enough said
going to the pool
rewiring the underground electric dog fence
selling my horses
produce from the garden – someone has to freeze and/or can it
a rejection early in the summer, and the most distracting of them all…
my self-made pity party
Yep, I’ll be honest. I spent most of the summer feeling sorry for myself, or feeling like I wasn’t meant to write. While the rejection letter was one of the “good” ones, it still sent me reeling. Sure I can compose a few well-written sentences, but if my plot is unbelievable and my characters are shallow, and repetitive, how good is my writing?
So that’s what I’ve been Dwelling on all summer. It Devastated me more than I realized at the time. I don’t know HOW to fix my problems, and to be honest all the books in the world aren’t really going to help me, despite my attempts to read a few of the good ones. I don’t learn well that way–never have.
BUT…well, I’m tired of Dwelling on it. I’m attempting to rewrite a different manuscript that was requested at the Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writer Conference. When that’s done, I’ll find someone to help me work through whatever problems it has. That prospect is Daunting, but, with God’s Divine help, I can and will prevail against the lies the devil has been speaking to me all summer.
So, enough about me. What types of things Distract you when you have something to do that seems Daunting?