Dan Blank1, a monthly contributor for WriterUnboxed.com, wrote something very apropos for me this week. He recently wrote a blog on writerunboxed.com . http://writerunboxed.com/2013/10/25/how-to-launch-something/#more-24777
If you are unfamiliar with that web site and their posted blogs, do make a point of dropping by. They produce excellent blogs providing lots of valuable and inspirational information.
Today I am publishing my first blog. It is a scary process, but I’m hopeful that this forum will provide information needed to encourage both readers to read and writers to write, including myself. Dan Blank in his recent post said that a launch, whether it be a book, project, or blog/web site is a process that is repeated over and over. I know that to be true. Two years ago I designed and published essays, articles, and letters for my husband on his web site and I continually update with new material. The blog is new to me, but I want to have a place that I can place my own book reviews and a place I can discuss the business of books.
Another thing that Dan said was to be able to launch a project, or let’s say to write that first book, it is important that you get out of your own way. We are our own worst critic. We want perfection and delay the finishing of a project because it is just not perfect enough. Or we find in ourselves, we are lacking. Don’t let your self-esteem slide. You are just as capable of working through challenges as the next person. Fight for yourself. So our biggest challenge is not from external difficulties, it’s from those we deal with internally.
Once that step is taken and we do finish our project, we should not think that it is the end and no other opportunities/creative ideas will follow, rather we need to ‘garner our loins’ so to speak and realize that to every beginning there is an end and to every end there is a new beginning.
So my fellow book lovers and bloggers, this is my beginning. Not only am I blogging this today, but I’ve decided to participate in the National Novel Writing Month. It happens every November and this is the first year that I am participating. So I’ll be keeping you abreast of my experience. I loved some of the words in their mission statement – something about being there to give me a swift kick in the pants to just start writing. So I’ve prepared my husband and he’s being a good sport about it.
My last thought to mention is that my blog may look pretty whacky for a bit of time. Please bear with me until I get the kinks worked out.
Wish me luck with my writing experience for the National Novel Writing Month! I’ve got some juicy story lines mulling around in my head! I CAN NOT believe that I’m really doing this. Such excitement.
1Dan Blank is the founder of WeGrowMedia.com. This platform provides writers and publishers both the strategy and tactics one needs to make a difference in their communities and build their legacies.