Hello friends, and happy August!
It’s been an incredibly busy summer, and I can’t believe it’s August already. WMU is starting early this year, so school will be in session before the end of the month.
I’m still working on my book. I didn’t meet the deadline for fall publication, so now we’re aiming for January. There was an article going around on Facebook a couple of weeks ago on the topic “Do you have a book in you?” The author’s answer was, basically, no – that it’s a myth to think everyone is capable of writing a book. But the point was, writing a book takes a lot of time, mental energy, and perseverance, and not everyone has those qualities. The author pointed out that most people think they could write a book if they only had the time, but NOBODY has the time – one MAKES the time, and this requires sacrifice (or at least, careful planning). Most of us watch television, play video games, putz around in our various ways, and then claim we don’t have time. The author’s contention was that if you TRULY want to write, you must carve out the time to do it, and then be steadfast with the task.
I’m finding that all to be true.
I was listening to a talk by Anne Lamott (author of Bird by Bird), and she also said some things that resonated with me. She pointed out that the joy and purpose of writing is in the writing itself – not in anticipating how it will sell, how it will be received, etc. I’m realizing that a lot of my “writer’s block” is driven by fear of criticism, and the only way to get past it is to focus on the activity of writing, not the outcome. It’s good advice that I’m trying to apply.
I’m fortunate to already have a contract with a publisher, so I don’t have to worry about “selling” a manuscript. I just have to finish writing the darn thing.
And of course, I need to prep my four classes for fall term – which will start in just a few weeks. It won’t be long before the students return and the chaos begins anew.
I’m excited for fall. I love back-to-school, “hoodie weather,” college football, and all things autumnal. It’s my favorite time of year.
What are your plans for August?