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Friday, May 12, 2006


Getting over the Hump

I've got a serious case of the afternoon blahs, when my body yells at me that it's time to take a nap RIGHT NOW. This is a very bad time to have a telephone conversation, as the person you are talking to will think that you are totally disinterested in them. Or so I just discovered.

Anyway back to the point. I've just had a very busy week and managed to meet a challenge of 10,000 words on the book I'm writing. After celebrating this landmark last night (which may have something to do with the blahs) I started looking around on the internet to find out how many words there are in a regular-type non-fiction book. Imagine my devastation on discovering that the goal is 75,000! That's feeling like a LOT of words at the moment.

It's not that I don't have that many words to say on this topic. I'm enjoying the writing very much as it is a chance to witter on endlessly about something I'm very passionate about. But I wonder if I can pare down that wittering into something tight and readable. Then I start second-guessing myself and thinking that I need to do more research and start citing famous people in the field. Then I stop writing and start worrying about getting it right.

This is such a great time to do an improv show! I can't possibly get improv right, no matter what I do, and I need to bring that same experimental attitude back to my writing. So hopefully participating in the Micetro show at Loose Moose theatre tonight will be just what I need to get back in the zone. Yeah.

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First, let me thank you for your nice comment on my blog some months back.

Second -- as far as writing goes, in order to make any progress you have to be brave enough to write crap. Being able to see projects through to completion hinders on being able to silence the critic in our heads for the FIRST DRAFT only. After that point, let the critic go to work for a while until you've a polished draft.

It's a battle I struggle with daily -- and something every writer goes through.

Best of luck on your book; keep us posted!

Hi there, I found this blog through a comment you left in a community for Gifted Adults. I'm new to BC and am interested in the work you do. Would it be OK if I contacted you through the email address on your coaching website?
Thanks for the kind words, Michael!

Yes, Jennifer, please feel free to shoot me an email to shoot the breeze with me!

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