Let’s start this winter post with some spring flowers! Daffodils and crocuses!
Now maybe we can be serious.
Dorit Sasson says in “5 strategies for revising your memoir” there is no perfect moment for revision like waiting for snow or no snow or for the day after tomorrow when the kids are out of the house and I say that goes for writing as well not just revision. But I am in revision so will talk mostly about that.
I have been afraid of writing. Not just that I don’t have enough craft to do it but afraid of starting at all.. As you know I am all the way through my first draft and only half way through making my first draft readable to do any revision. I tried telling my fellow members of Round Hill Writer’s Group about what I was doing. That I was going to my chapters and making more chapters by condensing documents and making the actual number of documents fewer under a certain chapter. (I realized I had to do this when one of my friends offered to read the whole memoir from start to finish and she couldn’t, because I way too many documents in any one chapter.
So that is what I am doing. When I do it. But something always holds me back. And that is FEAR! I am afraid of revision. I am afraid of the big job. I don’t have accountability. No one saying how much did you do today. Or this week?
I miss the teachers feedback from the write your memoir in six months course. I miss saying I will have such and such done by six months. I do however have a teacher, Brooke Warner saying she will read my memoir from start to finish once I have it readable though. So you’d think I would work on it. Like pronto. But I’m not. I procrastinate and put off and put off. I read a lot about writing. Everyday one will see me reading writing craft blogs and posts. But not actually writing on my memoir.
“It is too hard!!” I say.
Kathleen Pooler , had a post on this fear thing last week. And it was just what I needed to read. But it hasn’t helped me be better. I’m still not writing. Not revising. Not going over my documents and doing what I set out to do for the first thing in revision.
(Orr ) heard herself say “The strongest strategy for success in pretty much anything is to get yourself on an I Can and I Will path. And the first thing you must do on that path is fight back fear.”
And I’m getting rather desperate. Angry at myself. i even said I would set the timer on for half an hour and that I could do anything for half hour.
Do any of you have any suggestions? I’m really quite ready to read any and all you have to give me.
And now for the announcement all of you have waited for!! ? Right? Waiting with abated breath! And this is much more fun!
WAIT NO LONGER!
The announcement of :
Balloons! PATRICIA TILTON IS THE WINNER of Clarbojahn Presents! Crime Author Annette Dasofy
Interview of Part One and Part Two!
Congratulations, Patricia! I’ll be emailing you with instructions.
Friends, have you seen my teacher guides for Annie’s Special Day up on the header bar of this page? Please take a look and tell me what you think. Can you think of something that I forgot? Do you like it? Let me know in the comments okay?
So is that enough for one post? An article on fear of writing, an announcement of the winner of Annette Dasofy’s interview and also an announcement of teacher guides. One more thing because I don’t think it was enough. Please look at my web page www.clarbojahn.com and tell me what you think about that, too. I wish I knew how to make the banner shorter so it wouldn’t encompass the whole page when you first come on. I am not sure readers know to scroll down and see the contents. What do you think?
Have a good week everyone! See you here on Friday for Perfect Picture Book Friday for my review on a princess book. One of the one’s I will read to the princesses at the Snowflake Ball on Feb 28. What fun ! 🙂