Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Inspirational Words from Maggie Steifvaeter

I am one of those people that have a hard time when something is hard. I tend to drop stuff. More often than not because it is taking longer to accomplish than I had originally hoped.

I have an entire SUITCASE of scrapbooking paper and supplies sitting in my basement. It took us two years living in our house to actually take the time to use the paint we bought (before we even moved into our house) to paint our tiny bathroom. So tiny I call it a water closet. The only reason I own a laptop was I wanted to finish my first book, but I still have yet to do that.

I think the hard part for me is I know people who do these activities a lot more efficiently than I do, and then my competitive nature comes out, tells me I will never be able to do scrapbooking as crafty looking or professionally as "so and so", I will never have the energy or decorating ability to just do a painting project and know it will turn out great as "you know who" and I will never be able to crank out a book as fast or as cleanly as "such and such". So I quit.

I took the step to go to a local one day writer's conference this weekend and it helped me remember how much I want to write. Then today Maggie Steifvaeter's blog has an incredible post that made me laugh and made me motivated to get back on track.

So if I am reviewing less than normal, the reason is I am going to be spending more time writing. Honing my own craft and FINISHING something that I have started. Cause it's time to break my pattern of quitting.


Sara B. Larson said...

You can do it! I can't wait to see the finished product. :-)

Carolyn V. said...

I believe in you! =) Go for it!

Carrie said...

I once heard in a RS activity that when we die, we will not be judged by what we did in this life, but how many craft projects we had unfinished. ;) That is kinda funny about your basement though. Sounds like something I would do. My husband is writting a novel too (shhhh, no one is suppose to know that). He gets so discouraged as well and has his very own laptop for that EXACT same reason. It is a hard industry to be in. If you do well, there is a high expectation of all of your future projects. If you don't, you may not have any more future projects. You can do it!! I want a signed copy on my bookshelf!!! Then I can tell people, "Yeah, I KNOW her! Feel free to touch my hand now!" You can do it!!!

Marcia said...

Wonderful resolution!