Some people wonder what I do all day. Including my husband, his parents, my family, the neighbors and many of my friends. I’m supposed to be writing, and sometimes I am, but more often than not, I’m led astray. As if I had no other choice.
We always defend ourselves first, don’t we? I am busy. I walk 10,000-plus steps per day, I do my Dr. Oz work-out tape, I volunteer for too much, I spend a lot of time tooling around on the Internet (rationalized research), I make and sell jewelry, I teach art classes, I garden, I semi-clean (ditto for cooking), I work part-time, I read, I help friends, I’m in two writing groups, a stamping group and a bead therapy group; then I get tired and I think about writing. Why am I not writing?
I recently joined Weight Watchers with a friend. I’m used to writing ?down what I eat; some would say I’m the mother of dieting and tracking. And, for the most part, I’ve been successful. I just had this little problem with not being able to stop eating since we got back from vacation—in April. So with the pounds creeping back on, how could I say no to my friend?
The WW computer tools are fabulous. They keep you honest. There is a margin for cheating, if you really want to, but once I’m in, I’m in.
At our second meeting this week (I did lose 2.4 lbs, so yaay), the leader told a funny story to illustrate her point and left us with a comment I can’t get out of my mind: What we eat in private, shows up in public. Let me reiterate: What we eat in private SHOWS UP in public. Another reason not to cheat.
If what I say I want to do—write—is truly what I want to do, I’ve been cheating myself all this time. I need to write. Every day.
A blog is one of the things I’ve been “researching” for oh, so long, and after my dieting revelation, I had a writing realization. A blog could be the tool to keep my writing honest and accountable.
So, here it is. My pact to write. My blog. I’m tracking my commitment to write five (or more) pages per day on my current fiction project. To do that, I need to sit at my desk and write.
Thanks for any help your eyes can give me. ~JD here
Our lives are eerily alike – but you’re a better writer! Sorry about that Red Stripe!
Dear Paula, You are very sweet and I like your writing. 🙂
I’ve been thinking about a blog and like yours a lot. Love this post with a description of how you spend your day. I can SO relate. Congrats on the 2.4 pounds lost and thanks for sharing the quote from the WW leader. Good luck with your goal of 5 pages a day on your “real” writing project.
Thanks for stopping by.
Please let me know when your blog goes live; I have a feeling it will be soon!
I appreciate your comments and encouragement. ~ JD