Tonight, I have come to a realization, and that realization is that writing isn’t easy. Taking a bunch of squiggly lines and turning them into a book, article, or even a simple email, simply isn’t that easy. I’m sure that it may come easy for some people, but I’m not one of them.
I second guess myself constantly when I am writing anything new. It doesn’t matter if it’s a blog post or a text, I have to read and reread it at least 2 times before I am satisfied.
When it comes to book reviews, I have finally found a way to write them, but it’s certainly not easy.
If at all possible, I write all of my thoughts down as soon as I finish a book. And if I can’t write my initial thoughts right away, I make sure I don’t start reading another book until I can. Then I walk away from the review for at least two days, (not sure why I do this) and when I come back to it later, I start editing and rewriting things until I feel comfortable enough to post it.
This is far from an exact science, and sometimes it can take me weeks before I am satisfied enough with the review to post it.
Lately, I have tried to write more blog post instead of just book reviews, and my process for writing those takes even more time!
Tonight, however, I am challenging myself to publish this post as soon as I finish typing it. I am not going to do anything more than read over it once, spell check it, and then post it. This is going to be a difficult thing for me to do, but I think it’s time for me to step a little bit out of my comfort zone.
Usually, it is very important to me that my reviews, interviews, and blog post are informative and fun for those who read them, but this time I wanted to write something just for me. It won’t matter if it’s informative or entertaining because that wasn’t my motivation behind writing it.
I was pretty frustrated with myself when I started writing earlier tonight. I was trying to write a completely different post, and it just wasn’t happening. It was a really simple post too, the kind I should have been able to write in my sleep, but for some reason the words wouldn’t get from my head into the darn laptop.
So I decided to write about my frustration instead of giving up or continuing to be frustrated with that other post. A funny thing happened too, I feel much better after writing this.
Until next time…