First and foremost, lemme tell you about a few of the contests I've stumbled across recently. I'm holding off on contests for awhile, but that doesn't mean I can't help get the word out!
The Alliterative Allomorph's Blogging Idol Contest
Caledonia's Spring Into Reading Contest
Carol-in-Print's Will Grayson Squared Dance Contest
Misadventures In Candyland Big 100 Contest
(okay, I've edited some of this because I must have been writing in my sleep!)
What would you do if you were told you could never write again? Let's leave talent out of the equation. I've heard so many people say that they don't know what they would do.
I understand this.
I've been writing so long (and hey, long rambly emails to my best buds totally counts!) it would feel like losing a limb not to be able to write anymore.
But I'd get over it.
Because I'm not just a writer. I'm more than that.
For awhile I thought maybe I didn't have the same passion everyone else has.
I thought maybe I'm not a real writer.
Then I whacked myself upside the head.
I AM a writer, but that's not all I am.
I am a mother.
I am a wife.
I am a sister/aunt/cousin.
I am a friend.
I am an employee.
I'm also a reader, a consumer, a crafter, a sympathizer, a dreamer, a planner, a snuggler...
Well, you get the idea.
I used to envy those who didn't have all these other facets vying for their attention.
Those stereotypical writers dressed in black turtlenecks, hunched over a typewriter in a small seedy studio apartment somewhere in NYC. Add in a cloud of cigarette smoke for good measure.
You know, the long-suffering writer who would do anything in support of his/her craft.
I do certainly envy this stereotypical freedom! Write as much as you want, whenever you want. No interruptions. Ahhhhh. Heaven.
But I wouldn't trade places with them for anything in the world.
No way. No how.
I think a person has to step away from the keyboard at some point and explore their other facets if they are going to write well.
Like it or not, I got facets, that's for sure. And this is a GOOD thing at the end of the day.
But I do need to do more exploring.
I need to push myself out of my comfort zone more often.
Try more new things.
Stop putting things off into the 'someday' pile.
Are you guilty of this too?
I'm going to be stepping out of my comfort zone in the months to come...I'm going to talk to strangers and do things differently and (gasp) I'm even gonna dance. (I might be beyond drunk before I get on the dance floor...but that's not important)
And I invite you to join me.
What aspects of your writing would be improved by getting out of your comfort zone?
What's stopping you from doing it?
EXERCISE: woops...worked through lunch and hubs was crabby after dinner so I stayed home to guard the kids from his wrath
WATER: 4 glasses (tsk tsk)
BOOK: About a page and a half