By Eliza Crosby, Oquirrh Writers Chapter Vice-President
This last year I have found myself, many times, sitting in front of my laptop staring at the screen for long periods of time. My goal for the New Year is to no longer do this. And because we all know staring at a computer screen is ineffective when it comes to writing, I am also making it a goal to stop wasting valuable writing time by visiting social media sites.
You all thought I was serious, didn’t you? Well, I would like to be. The question is, how do we stop wasting precious writing time?
The words and stories are there, but something seems to hold us back from setting them down on the page. We all are faced with inexplicable fears about writing others wouldn’t understand. But, I’m sure, to members of this group, it make perfect sense.
All I know is, I am tired of being afraid.
One obstacle to my writing is the fear of being interrupted. Someone always needs something, and I am afraid that if I start, then stop, I’ll lose my train of thought and maybe not start up again. My children tend to know when I am in “author mode” and that is when everything needs to be taken care of—at that moment.
Then comes the apprehension of bad writing. The “mind rushing,” as I like to call it, consists of constant questions, like “What if it’s already been written?” “What if no one likes this?” “What if it never gets published?” The words “What” and “If” are two very haunting words when put together. (I learned that in “Letters to Juliet”).
May I propose a New Year’s resolution for all of us who have these worries—rely on each other and face our writing fears together? Goals like avoiding social media are good, but that is the place where I find my support group. I need to exercise moderation.
I was told at LTUE (Life, the Universe and Everything), that you just keep writing, even if it’s crap. You can always go back and fix it! Write like a mad man or woman.
Hopefully my New Year’s goals will help keep me on track. I hope each of us will have a successful writing year.
I look forward to reading something from each and every one of you!
Happy New Year!
Eliza Crosby lives in West Jordan with her husband and four kids. She drinks lots of Dr. Pepper, and eats lots of chocolate. Writing is her passion, dream and life.