I joined the Blog in January with one goal: to get something published. I didn’t have my sights set on anything as significant as seeing my very own novel in print or building a fan base (although there’s nothing wrong with that)—no, what I really wanted was to overcome my previously unacknowledged fear of having someone else see my writing before it was ‘ready.’
Sound familiar? Maybe you have faced the same challenge with your writing.
I needed a deadline that I could not brush aside. I needed a regular writing goal that could not be ignored or forgotten. I needed peer (and public) pressure to hit the “publish” button even on the occasions when I felt the writing was not as good as it could be. I needed a situation where no excuses would apply. And, this was it.
You see...I’m a closet perfectionist. (I've just outed myself--this is liberating!) Perfectionism and writing deadlines do not make a nice couple. Nope, they get along as well as a pair of lions with only one carcass. Come he... (ahem) or high water, when the clock struck twelve Wednesday morning, there had to be something on the Blog with my name on it.
There were a few times when I was completely disgusted with what I’d written and the desire to start over on something new was so intense it made me sweat. However, since it was late Tuesday night (I'm also a procrastinator I guess), I didn’t have enough time to start on a new topic. The only option was to fix the one I was working on. I have a pattern of 'starting over' with my WIPs so no contest...that was by far the most important thing I learned from this blog. There was never one single time I didn't have my post up. Quoting no famous red-neck in particular, sometimes you just have to “Get’er done!”
Although that was the most important learning, it certainly wasn’t the only learning. Here are a couple of my favourite posts. (Ok, so I know I’m leaving out a lot of very good posts but if I include them all you won’t have the time to check them all out!)
Thank you readers and fellow bloggers for giving me the chance to be a part of Prairie Chicks. As long as the blog is live (there is no close date) I know I will continue to refer back to postings and comments to help me with my writing. I have one more posting, so stay tuned.