Tuesday, January 3, 2012

A must-read.

If you're reading this, I'm guessing this link is going to prove useful.

Which one is your biggest bugaboo? I've narrowed it down to two, myself: 20 and 22.

Go read the post. Then come back and tell me a story, and tell me what you're going to do differently.


Anonymous said...


Now I'm going to quit dithering about on the internet when I should be editing :)

Christi Corbett

Kara said...

Ha! I just saw this same list linked on a friend's Facebook page. Upon first read, I immediately thought "YUP! #2, that's me all the way." I'm the queen of writing like crazy and then stopping to second guess myself. Plus, the line "That story isn't going to unf*ck itself" made me snort. It is one of my many New Year's resolutions to stop stopping. Onward! Even if it makes no sense and sounds like blathering when I read it out loud...

Amy said...

#1, #2, #6... yup, well, all of them.
A kick in the @$$ to get back on it!

Jessica Brockmole said...

All of these, but always #25. Every stage of this process brings new fears, new doubts. It seems that every year my New Year's resolution is "trust yourself". I think I have, and then those fingers of self-doubt creep in again. I know that's ridiculous. I can do this.

Also #23 is just gorgeous. I think I need to hang "Put yourself on every page: a smear of heartsblood." over my desk. If something I wrote can still make me smile, cry, feel a twist of my heart every single time I read it, I know I'm doing something right.

Melissa said...

Wow. Numbers 5, 9, and 15 are screaming at me, especially 5: Don't Hurry. I don't know who I'm racing against. I think it's myself! Thanks for the link.

Kaye Draper said...

First of all- thank you for sharing this! Effing hilarious.

"Roll around in responsibility like a dog rolling around in an elk miscarriage. " I literally laughed until I cried.

What I will be doing differently is not worrying so much- about everything. It kind of encompasses the majority of the items on the list (publishing, other authors, "gatekeepers", my own insecurities...)

Good stuff!

CallMeKarma said...

Oh, did I need this today. Between my 4-year-old's obsession with diapering the dog and a pile of laundry that is weep worthy, I needed a jolt. My big takeaways? #6 & #25 - I'm going to stop. Right fucking now... (or very, very soon...)
Thank you for posting!