Clearly not writing…
This morning, I was messing about on Twitter like I usually do. I find that Twitter is a nice warmup exercise for writing. It’s social and you have to be quick if you want to be clever. You have to be concise if you want to make sense (unlike my blog or my journal where I have these long digressions between parens, sort of like this but hopefully more interesting).
That said, this morning’s routine on Twitter was going on a bit too long. I was looking for things to respond to instead of being in the flow. I was checking out each and every link that popped up in the stream. In short, I was procrastinating.
Procastination: when you’re too stubborn to call yourself lazy and too proud to see the truth.
So here’s the final version…
Procastination: when you’re too stubborn to call yourself lazy and too proud [ed. or too scared] to see the truth.
I like the idea of the Great What’s Next, so maybe I’ll riff on that a bit and work out some of the kinks in my morning.
The Great What’s Next
At the heart of the matter, the Great What’s Next is about change and change is often a trigger for fear and excitement. It’s about possibilities and potentials. It’s also about past disappointments nagging you as you stride forward into the future.
In writing, the Great What’s Next takes many forms. It might be that next story or sending your work out for
rejection consideration publication. It might be taking a huge leap into the unknown, something you know you need to do but have managed to avoid for so long you’ve almost tricked yourself into believing you’ve forgotten or outgrown the idea. It could be something as simple as admitting to yourself that you’re a real writer.
My Great What’s Next is coming due quite soon. I haven’t written about it here before, and I’m not quite ready to do so just yet. Let’s just say that like most Great What’s Next’s it’s terrifying and exhilarating. I’m anxious. I’m nervous… I’m so freakin’ ready for it I can hardly sleep at night.
I suppose that’s why I was off procrastinating this morning on Twitter. I’m just glad I have good friends to remind me of the truth. 🙂
YOUR TURN: What is your Great What’s Next? How do you deal with the fear?
Editor’s note: Keep watching. My Great What’s Next will be announced here very soon. Should be exciting if I don’t manage to bite my fingers off first! 🙂
P.S. Alex, I haven’t forgotten that I owe you an interview for your profiles. Soon, my friend. Quite soon indeed!