Everyday is #WritingWednesday

Soon I will be a full-time writer which, frankly, scares the crap out of me.  As I phase out, over the next few months, my time as a professor, I will be face to face with what I always wanted to be, said I was going to be, and now must be; that is, a writer.  Not a part-time dalliance, not a self-absorbed “hobby,” not anything else but one of those odd people identified as – a “writer.”  No excuses.  Time to produce.  So be it.

Gordon B. Hinkley said, “All writers should be put in a box and thrown in the sea.”  He might be right, but I will not be thwarted.  I will have to learn to say so long to procrastination, excuse-making, and most of my time on Facebook.  I will have to produce.  I will have to be a bit selfish with my time.  I will have to be disciplined!  A novel, then another.  Maybe a short story.  A new novel.

I have no expectations of best-sellers, movie contracts, interviews on TV, ever-aware of Flannery O’Connor’s quote about expecting too much which produces a softness that can lead to bitterness.  I will write, revise, edit, and send out my work.  Then I’ll start something new.  How weird is that?

I will develop a thick skin.

I will be disciplined.  I will put in the research.  I will seek critique from honest people I respect.

But to be honest, I’m not sure I can avoid what the tremendous author, James Lee Burke, calls the “corrosive self-doubt” that afflicts all writers of all genres.  That the ugly thing that can intimidate.

I’ll keep you posted, dear reader, as I gradually ease into my new life as a writer.  Shall I purchase a beret?

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7 Responses to Everyday is #WritingWednesday

  1. Ann Ellison says:

    Wishing you all the best as you close one chapter in your life and begin another one.

  2. lgwhite67 says:

    I too have made the leap from teacher to writer in recent weeks. I know your apprehension, I feel your pain! Best of luck! Keep us posted!

  3. Sally Burr says:

    Good luck! I really enjoyed reading your post. You are certainly a talented writer.

  4. restorel66 says:

    Big transition! Thank you for all the ways you continue to inspire. Even when I’m away from writer’s group for a season, I am encouraged by the good spirit of John Carenen. It’s exciting to think what amazing things might be lurking in you, waiting to be translated/transferred to the page.

  5. Thanks for the encouragement. Looking forward to more time together in Write Minds. You’ve been missed.

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