Welcome to Week #13 of the #MFRWauthor blog challenge. I feel like a whole quarter of the year has gone by in a zip!
This week’s writing prompt is all about weaknesses – specifically, my greatest weakness. As I’ve pondered which (among so, so many) weaknesses I should share with you, it occurred to me that most of them can actually be distilled down into fear.
One of the things I do well is procrastinate – not a great weakness to have if you are a romance author and trying to meet deadlines. But, I can drag my feet long enough to make Fred Flintstone envious. Remember how he stopped his car? He didn’t have brakes, so he’d stomp with both feet, sliding along the roadway until his soles were smoking and the car finally rolled to a stop.
Sometimes I feel a lot like Fred, minus the car.
Why do I drag my feet? Because I either bog down with writer’s block or I write a few scenes, then convince myself they’re silly or that people will think they’re lame or that some other author could have written the scene so much better than I. So, I (a) go back and rewrite, or (b) go check out social media posts so I can give myself a mental vacation. The problem is, the web is a huge time-waster and I might not get back to my manuscript for an hour or more.
But, the real problem is fear. If I’m sucked into the vacuum that is social media – or even if I’m doing productive internet research for the book – I’m not writing, therefore, I’m not opening myself up to the worry that my work is drivel. Ditto for writer’s block: if I discard every idea, I’m also not publishing anything and I’m not facing rejection.
I’ve got to say, this prompt has been an eye-opener! From now on, I’m setting the timer on my phone when I need to clear my head. That way, I’ll come back to the manuscript and be more productive.
Henceforth, Fred is banned.
My new goal is to be Dory and just keep swimming…er, writing.
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