Dear Me

Write. Just write.

Stop overthinking. Stop trying to find the perfect words.

Write. Just write.

Don’t stop typing your first thoughts. Don’t delete the words.

Write. Just write.

Free flowing ideas. Outlined ideas. The next chapter.

Write. Just write.

Now. Today. Tomorrow. Everyday.

Write. Just write.

Don’t wait for inspiration. Don’t wait until the perfect topic.

Write. Just write.

Don’t wait to be near a computer. Don’t wait to find lined paper.

Write. Just write.

Find a paper towel. Find a napkin. Find an old receipt.

Write. Just write.

Keep a notebook in my car. Keep a notebook in my purse.

Write. Just write.

Write topics. Write ideas. Write that quote. Write that phrase.

Write. Just write. Words. Sentences. Paragraphs. Chapters. Novel.

Write. Just write. TODAY!

You have just eavesdropped on a conversation with myself about writing.

I am guilty of wanting to make things perfect in my pursuit of a professional writing career. Instead of concentrating on the matter at hand (writing!), I worry about how to format the next blog post and which picture should match it. Add on the dilemma of social media accounts and my persona. Should I keep it as quotes and inspirational messages, or should I encompass all areas of my life (teaching, sports, health, family, friends) into my status updates? Should I create a separate Facebook page? That has been answered. I will soon. I feel that I will have more freedom to share articles, videos, and pictures more often.

It’s been one year since I started this journey, so I feel that I need to reassess everything. If my ultimate goal is to be a novelist, then what is the purpose of my blog and social media accounts? By the way, I LOVE writing this blog! Do I have a clear platform on all of these, like what writing sites have suggested that I should have? Will random posts or status updates turn people away? How much personal information should I share without invading the privacy of my friends and family? I can’t say that I am a beginner anymore if I am in Year 2.

The bottom line is that I want to connect with my readers, document my journey, and create a network with others who have similar interests.

I want to be authentic.

This isn’t the first time that I have had to remind myself and I am sure that it won’t be the last. The key is to remember to work everyday towards my goal. What will the daily tasks do? It will produce results. It will provide constant visualization. Most of all, it will keep me moving forward.

Diane, write…just write!

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8 Comments

  1. I love this, Diane! So authentic and so true! We talk and think and talk and think about exactly how things should be done to get the exact results we want. When really, we’re right where we’re supposed to be on this road to “becoming”! I have so enjoyed being on this journey with you for the past year and I look forward to a fantastic year two! God is using you everyday to do what you love and touch people’s lives! So, as you’re talking to yourself, be sure to remind yourself of that!! ❤️

    • Thank you Audrey! You’re right about remembering that “becoming” is also important. I appreciate your encouragement and will remember to use your words when talking to myself. 🙂

  2. Just put in the time. Just do the work. Just write – something – everyday. Just… We know that this is easier said than done, don’t we? It’s a challenge. But something tells me you will do it. Best wishes on year two of your journey!

  3. You are definitely an inspiration. With how busy you are I am so amazed with how you do any writing at all. Definitely stay authentic. Great article.

  4. Keep writing. You’re right, small amounts of writing everyday will reap GREAT results. I have no doubt in my mind in that you will finish your novel and continue to share your thoughts, stories and insights with the world. I’m very proud of you.

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