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Erica

I find myself thinking that I have nothing new to say, and that no one would want to read about my six month sojourn to Scotland during my midlife crisis. When I silence those inner critics, then I tell myself I don't know what format to use: essay, journal? I think it's probably a combination of the two. And then more questions arise and I find myself putting it away to work on later and then never getting to it.

I'm very good at sabotaging myself, and procrastination is my middle name!

Lynn

"I'm very good at sabotaging myself, and procrastination is my middle name!"--Erica

Amen to that! I couldn't have put it better. I do think I have an interesting story (or stories). I have had a lot of experiences that I think people could relate to, and I would love to write a memoir or two. I don't know...I guess fear that I'm not good enough is a sort of catalyst as to why I'm such a procrastinator. You can't fail or be rejected if you never try. Then again, you can't succeed either. :-)

Barbara

Erica and Lynn: Write just one page of your story. It's not about good or bad. It's just telling your story. Don't edit. Then write another page. All writers (believe me!) feel what they write isn't good enough. The ones who get published are the writers who keep going anyway.
Anybody else out there stuck in fear?

Jo

fear, procrastination and avoidance are some of my middle names!

i totally feel like no one could ever possibly want to read anything i have to say, fiction or otherwise, because it's already been said!

depressed, in therapy, been in abusive relationships, deal with chronic illness daily, have an extrememly complicated and painful relationship with my mother, my father was an alcoholic who died when i was 3, don't have much of a life... same goes for a lot of people! if i'm tired of self pitying melodramas, i'm sure others are too.

so it's not all bad ~ i'm very happily married to an amazing man who feels that i'm an amazing woman (?!), i love to garden, read, knit and may have my own business once we're more settled financially and i have a few best friends whom i love and an aunt i love so very dearly. boring!

i also have a very hard time going beyond my own parameters when i'm writing fiction.

self confidence has never been one of my strong points but i keep plugging along anyway!

Darla

I have a hard time finding enough time to write, and when I want to write, my husband wants to spend time together. I have been thinking that I just need to buy a laptop so I can be with my husband [who is bed-ridden] and write. I don't know...and then I will go for several months and write like crazy and then stop for months on end. Suggestions would be very welcome on how to stop this behavior...

Debra

After rereading this post and the comments, especially the last two, I realize I've thought all of these thoughts. The thing is, our challenge as writers, is to take these ordinary, daily things in our lives and weave. It is never easy. For example, Jo. I would enjoy reading about her life and her process of coming from a dysfunctional family and yet able to find the love of her life, with so many healthy relationships around her now. And Darla, I think we all need to do whatever it takes to get our words on paper (or computer). What has helped me (and I'm still reminding myself to take my own advice) is to free write everyday, no matter what. Even if it's only 5 minutes. It's been amazing the words that have come to the page in this process, usually revealing something deeper inside that I was not aware of. Also, another thought...our lives are a story, each and everyone. It's difficult to see when you're in it, but all the stuff we need is there. Perhaps it's committment to find the threads, get a hold of them and eventually, as Barbara says, if we don't give up, something will emerge.

Barbara

Jo, Darla and Debra - Thanks so much for your comments and suggestions. (Belatedly) This is what really makes the blog work - all of you being honest about your work and offering advice to one another.

lyn

hello
just want to say, you inspire me to continue writing my story..maybe it will be like a memoir now rather that autobiography. actually i already started writing my story about my kidney transplant life but sometimes too much emotions makes me headache so i stop for a couple of months already...I'm not a writer but my experienced itself encourage me to write...thank you and more power!

lyn

hello
just want to say, you inspire me to continue writing my story..maybe it will be like a memoir now rather that autobiography. actually i already started writing my story about my kidney transplant life but sometimes too much emotions makes me headache so i stop for a couple of months already...I'm not a writer but my experienced itself encourage me to write...thank you and more power!

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