My dear blogging friend, Alexa, and I have an idea. I can’t really share all of the brilliant details, but it centers on writing a book, which we hope to unveil in 2015.
We’ve chatted on the phone, outlined ideas, discussed artwork and promotions and how to launch. We’ve joked about making our little book BIG, and we truly believe we have an important message to share.
So now, we just need to get cracking. We need to do the hard work and actually write, write and write some more. We need to plant our butts in the chair and show up. We need to carve out the time to sit and stare at a blank monitor and struggle. We need to write draft No. 1 so we can move onto draft No. 2 and No. 3 and No. 23.
As any writer knows, this is where the work gets real.
I just finished reading The War on Art and boy was it shouting at me from the pages. You need to show up – even when you don’t want to. You need to stop with the excuses. You need to stop worrying about whether the end-product will be liked, bought, read. You need to kick the Ego in the ass and kill the Resistance.
I can certainly share a zillion excuses as to why I haven’t moved more quickly on this project.
I have a full-time job.
I’m in a state of transition and chaos.
I have three kids.
My commute is crap.
But, as Steven Pressfield would tell me, this is why you are an amateur. Talk to me when you want to go pro.
Oh, the tough love!
So this is where it gets real people. This is when I need to commit. I am so thankful to have a partner on this initial project because we will hold each other accountable. And now that I’ve just “outed” our little dream book, I have others who can call me and ask about the progress.
I don’t want to rush it, or deliver a mediocre product, but I do need to get going.
We live in a world of distractions. I can quickly get sucked into the social media vortex and come out hours later with little to show.
Of course this will happen from time to time, but I need to get disciplined and just do it. Thanks Nike!
So stay tuned! This will happen. I don’t have hours a day to write, but I do have minutes. I can make progress. I’ve decided to show up and struggle.
Do you have a project that continues to be tabled? How do you ensure you “show up” to do the work?