Surprise Yourself

I’ve considered starting a blog for months. Here are the things that have held me back:

  • Perfectionism
  • Technical difficulties
  • Obsessing over the blog’s topic(s)
  • Thinking no one will read it
  • Paranoia
  • “Busyness”

I just participated in National Novel Writing Month and wrote 1,667 words a day for 30 days. On November 30, I reached the goal of writing 50,000 words in a month.

I was surprised, not because I finished, but because of how easy it was for me to finish. I followed Nanowrimo’s directions to just write and not look back (editing is a big no-no). Sure, I wrote some junk that will never see the light of day… but I also wrote some decent stuff that may become the foundation of a future writing project.

You have to start somewhere. And to start, sometimes you have to force yourself and not look back. You may end up surprising yourself.

Have you ever done something you thought you couldn’t do?


18 thoughts on “Surprise Yourself”

  1. I wrote 2 books. They were under a pen name but I never thought I’d do it. good job, LISA!!! Writing is definitely a labor of love (emphasis on labor).

  2. Years ago I did the Artist’s Way by Julie Cameron where we had to write 3 pages non-stop margin to margin every morning for 1 yr. It was one of the best experiences I ever had. It helped build my confidence as a writer too. Good job Lisa! Keep going and enjoy.

  3. Hi Lisa,

    I rode my motorcycle from Miami to British Columbia last summer, (liked Kansas) then crossed Canada to Ontario before heading back down to South Florida. Wrote a convoluted “awakening” blog (half finished) as a way of dealing with my impending divorce and lack of work in 2012. Almost 10,000 miles and my world is rearranged.


      1. Hello Lisa,

        Publishing a book might be fun to try………I seem to be growing that thicker – rejection builds character skin…..

        Nice to have you along for the ride, thanks for following.


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