Starting that Adventure

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I sit down behind my desk and move all of my desk trinkets aside.  I am left with my small desk library, some tissue, coffee, and a world of silence.  A notebook with a blank page is under my hand as I twirl my pen, hoping that my first word would appear on that blank line at the top.

Starting a writing project can be daunting, but at the same time there’s an intriguing sense of excitement that comes from placing that first word on a blank page.  It’s like opening the cover of a brand new book that has an adventure that you have waited to embark on for a very, very long time.

Every time I have a chance to sit down and write with my fresh cup of coffee, I feel that excitement running through my fingers and the veins of my arms.  But sometimes that excitement turns into frustration as I rip the page from my notebook and throw it behind me with a sigh of exasperation. The excitement I felt doesn’t flourish, but instead it seeps into a discomforting wave of disappointment.

Frustration isn’t what I expect from writing, but that’s part of the adventure.  Writing is hard.  Writing is frustrating.  The purpose of being a writer is to write through the hardship and reap the rewards from the precious time that we place into our stories.  After all, we write for ourselves before other we write for others (unless you happen to be a ghost or freelance writer then…writing for people is your sole purpose).  For us fiction writers we have tales to tell, worlds to explore, characters to kill, and we enjoy it.

My life as never been the same since I started my writing adventure.  I have built worlds, created characters that have become a part of me.  Has anyone experienced my worlds and characters? No.  They may have read chapters but I haven’t gotten to the point where they have read a single work and have fallen in love with my characters.  My readers’ time will come soon enough.

Writing is a privilege and such a great way to emerge into a world that is far away from our reality.  God I love being a writer!

I have so many ideas, so many things that I want to get out of my head even though it may be a bit difficult.  But that’s okay.  That’s perfectly okay.  I live to place words on paper.  So do you.

Happy Writing!

Procrastination the Killer

It’s a bight and clear sunny day and I’m sitting in front of my computer with my cursor blinking before my eyes.  I know that it’s going to be a slow pace today because every time I look at the cursor it seems to slow down without warning.  It keeps blinking, and blinking and yet I don’t write anything.  I place my document into focus mode, but because of my tendency to look out of windows, I don’t proceed with focusing.  I stare out the large, glass window of my dorm room and I wish that I had something to write.

I do have something to write, but I’m not writing it.  Instead, I wish instead of following my own advice, waiting for something to make my heart bleed with passion.  This is a mistake.  I shouldn’t have waited.  I let one hour go by.  Two hours.  Three.  My document is as blank as it could ever be and I’m not doing anything about it.

This, my friends, is called procrastination.   As a college student I have mastered the art of procrastination to the point where all I can do is procrastinate, and it has become a very deadly habit.   It will kill me one day if I don’t change my ways and it could kill you too right when you don’t expect it.

If you were to ask me how my writing is going I would say, “Terribly,” because that’s the fact.  Writing is hard.  I state that boldly under the name of this blog, but I haven’t given up yet.  No, not yet.  There is passion within my bones that cannot cease, and I will boldly go where I have never been.  I am fully aware that there is a lot that goes into being a writer, published or not.  Procrastination shouldn’t kill us writers.

So write on, and stop procrastinating (or try not to)!