Write On Wednesday -Staying the Course

Yeah, I know it’s Sunday (soon to be Monday, actually). But it’s been that kind of week.  Starting out with an extra hour last Sunday was blissful, but I could have used at least 25 hours every day this week, and then maybe, just maybe, I might be on track.

This week’s Write On Wednesday topic focused on this thought:

The outcome of the election is a good reminder of the way dreams come true.  But geting there involves not only the courage to embark on the project, but the strength to stay the course when the going gets rough. How are you doing with staying the course toward the fulfillment of your writing dreams?

In my work life, I’ve become quite good at completing big projects.  My office job requires multi-tasking on numerous levels, and I’ve learned to keep a daily list of the things that need to get done, and calendar deadlines for future project due dates.

At work, I know I must stay the course – other people and our business depend on me.

In my musical life, I developed a method to see me through the long weeks leading up to concert time.  Early on in my “performing” career, I learned that I needed to feel extremely well prepared to forestall those performance anxiety attacks that lead to jittery failures on stage.  So I made sure I practiced a lot, practiced so much that my body could do the work required even if my mind went into nervous overdrive.  I worked hard so that I felt confident, and so that my “muscle memory” could take over onstage if my nerve should momentarily fail me.

In my writing life, things are a bit different.  I find it easier to “slip off course” because (1) there are no deadlines looming; and (2) no one is depending on me to deliver a finished project.  So my writing dreams get put on the back burner in deference to other responsibilities which take priority.

The conclusions here are quite obvious, aren’t they?  In order to “stay the course” and complete tasks to my satisfaction, I need the impetus of deadlines and personal accountability to others.  So how do I find those in my writing life?

Blogging provides a certain amount of accountability – many times I’ve been tempted to throw in the towel on this writing habit, but my blogs and the people I’ve come to consider my friends in this arena hold me accountable.  This week’s Write On Wednesday was a good example. In the crush of election excitement, work deadlines, and preparing for a trip out of town, Wednesday was gone before I knew it.  So skip it, I told myself…who cares?

Well, Bobbi, and Oh, and Corri…people who emailed me or posted about missing this weekly place to talk about writing and explore the way creativity works in their lives.

So perhaps staying the course is grounded in the perceived value of the task-not just to the individual involved, but to the community at large.

So thanks for keeping me on task and helping me continue along the road to achieving those writing dreams.

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6 thoughts on “Write On Wednesday -Staying the Course

  1. Becca! I have never been here before … this is wonderful! I love the template, the flicr photos (that dog!!!), your entries (oh, i have to go back and read them later!!!) and your comments in this entry about performing are so, well, exactly how I used to feel during recitals. If only muscle memory would take over for when nerves threatened to make me go blank. It was such a relief to read that. As much as I love music, and loved playing the piano, I never ever like the jitters that came with it.
    And look at you! You work through it. I’ll bet it’s sublime.
    Bravo.
    As for the writing without a deadline, I understand. But you are “working” your music art. And you write a ton here in blogland that is involving so many people, so many of us! And is that not a writing art? You DO have purpose.
    So, thank you!

  2. Just looked at your flicr photos, in toto. Couldn’t comment on them cuz I have to sign up there, but first, i have to get ready for work. Back later. Excellent tug (the colors!) and love this little dog.

  3. I’m one of those people who needs to be prepared too. I also find that it lessens anxiety. As for my writing, it sustains me these days, rather than the other way around.

    Like everyone else who comments here, I look forward to my regular visits. You never fail to inspire, Becca. And your doggy photos are adorable.

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  5. When I worked for newspapers we always had deadlines. Deadlines set goals for us to achieve. Quite often, I’d wait until the last minute to do whatever project or write whatever story the deadline required but at least the deadline was a silent force driving me forward. In school, the deadlines prompted us to do our work and turn it in, but today, from what I’ve seen, class deadlines don’t seem to mean anything. Any ol’ excuse seems to be accepted by most professors. What’s the point of having a deadline if it isn’t a real deadline?

    Although I’ve been away for a while, I truly enjoy reading your thoughts and comments because you enrich what you write with your experiences and wisdom. Keep up your blogging because it means a lot to your readers.

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