Confessions of a Wannabe

For as long as I can remember I’ve wanted to be a writer. For some periods of my life I actively pursued that dream. But, man oh man, fear is a dream killer of the highest order.

But finally, FINALLY, at this point in my life, I’m learning to pursue the dream afraid. You’ve heard the saying: Do it afraid. Yeah, here I am doing it afraid.

No shame in fear. But there is some shame in allowing fear to steal your entire life.

So I’m on a mission to develop as a professional writer. I’m writing something most days of the week. I’ve been blogging consistently twice a week for a couple of months. I returned to my first literary love-children’s fiction. I’m actively working on craft.

It’s scary just writing this and posting it in a public arena.

I’m determined to live without regrets from here on out.

So this is me.

I’m a writer.

Friday Favorites

Today, just one favorite. This is my current favorite song. As much as it speaks to me, it may very well remain on my all time favorite songs list. Threads of Grace wove themselves through my life over the past year, particularly in our marriage. Oh, but for His Grace…


Editorial Calendar

This weekend I’m working on something I’ve never done before. I’m going to create an editorial calendar. The next month of my writing will be planned and written in my day book. I think this approach will help me stay on track with my goals both short term and long term.

I’ll write more about the process next week.

Do you keep an editorial calendar? What does yours look like? Does it help you stay organized with your writing?

Social Media Addiction Update

imageOne week social media restriction update: I feel free! Really. I knew I spent way too much time on social media, but I had no idea how it impacted me. With the exception of one day, I’ve spent no more than 30 minutes total on social media, most specifically Facebook.

I feel much less stressed. That may be partially because I follow several dog rescues who frequently post dogs in need of urgent help. Definitely worthy work. But that kind of sadness takes a toll.

I’ve also written more, with a little more clarity.

I’m going to continue my 30 minutes a day of social media experiment for at least another month.

Have you ever imposed a social media restriction on yourself? Do you use social media intentionally or is it a place you just hang out? Do you feel like your time on social media is productive? Do you favor one social media site over the others?