Who the heck am I, anyway?
If this were a typical blog, this is the page where I'd say all kinds of stuff to impress you.
I'd try to convince you that I'm brilliant and sexy and that I've done every thing you most want to do in life, and I've done it very well. This is a blog about trying to be consistent in writing, so I'd tell you about the truckload of books I've written and how much people love them. I'd woo you with my charm, and you would love me forever.
The problem is--none of that is true. The truth is far less glamorous and it goes as follows. First, let me get the embarrassing part out of the way.
I’m frequently bad at following my own advice.
Now that I’ve gotten that off my chest, this should go more easily. Let me explain.
For several years, I have taught writing and thought of myself as a writer. I’ve been privileged to work with college students, both as a mentor and a classroom instructor. I’ve offered writing feedback to hundreds of other adults in professional consultations. During this time, I’ve consistently told my students and mentees one thing more than anything else. This one thing, I keep telling them, will do more than anything else to solve any writing problem that they might have. This one thing will make you clearer thinkers, more creatively fulfilled, better communicators, and much more attractive to their significant other (maybe not that last one).
This one thing is stupidly simple.
Write every darn day.
That’s been my mantra for years: write, write, and write some more. The embarrassing, hypocritical part is this: I have often failed to follow my own advice. I can cite all sorts of excuses: graduate school, marriage, multiple and simultaneous jobs, long commutes, kids—the list goes on. The problem, of course, is that everyone can offer reasons (a.k.a., excuses) for why they fail to practice a successful writing ritual. It’s like I heard a smart person say the other day. It’s not that we don’t have time, because we all have the exact same 24 hours. The real problem is how we prioritize our time. I wasn’t prioritizing, and it was eating me up.
So that’s the first admission. Here’s number two.
I’ve never finished writing a book.
Like so many people who love writing, I have a book inside me—probably several, but I’ve never finished writing one. Started, yes; finished, no. So this blog is dedicated to my putting a stake in the ground and saying, “I’m doing this.” As I commit to writing every day on a book, this blog is where I’ll post the tools, techniques, and mentality that help me to stay focused on develop a consistent writing habit. I will share my successes and failures. I’ll reach out to other writers, learn from them, and share what they do. Lastly, I will engage with my readers to learn what they are working on, encourage them, and help them to reach their goals.
This will be a personal journey, but I want it to be about more than me. I want readers to think of Beyond the Blinking Cursor as a training ground for their writing routine. Let me help you become the writer you've always meant to be.
One last thing--if you are interested in what's going on here, the very best way to stay involved is to join my free, ongoing workshop, The Steady Writer. I send out weekly installments to keep readers engaged in the process of perfecting their writing ritual. You can enroll by filling out the form in the sidebar.