Define and Rewind

Hiatus: a pause or gap in a sequence, series, or process.

So it’s come to this now: my confessions.  I’ve been away from writing, especially here on the blog, for so long that I can barely remember how to start.  I have piles of halfhearted beginnings in my draft box; I have pages in my journal that look so lonely with just a few lines filled up…

I’ve allowed myself to find any excuse possible to avoid publishing to this page.  Even with such wonderful support from family and friends (and even strangers!), I still have stupid little lines running through my head —
“It’s been since February! Why post now?”
“You don’t even have a target audience; you’d just be babbling to the whole damn interwebs.  Where’s the sense in that?”

Rewind now.  I’ll try again to commit to posting more of my work.  I started working on a book idea in March of this year and I’ve been flooded with plans for the book ever since.  Problem is, I haven’t been writing much because I have the illogical fear that if I write down an idea, it has to be perfect because I’ll never be able to edit/change/fix it – EVER.  Like I said, very illogical.  I’ve allowed myself to get stuck in my fear.  Things are looking up now though.  I’ll keep you posted.


About jmmack

Full-time swim coach and pool program manager in the Seattle area. Swimmer, writer, cross-stitcher, HP fan, wife, sister, auntie of two nephews, human to a feisty Jack-Russell mix.
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4 Responses to Define and Rewind

  1. Devon Hay says:

    Interwebs. :)

  2. verasilver says:

    “I have the illogical fear that if I write down an idea, it has to be perfect because I’ll never be able to edit/change/fix it”

    I have the same illogical thought somehow. When I am thinking of how to start a chapter, I think for hours on end even if it’s just something simple.. like my character walks through a door.

    Anyway, I wish you loads of luck with your writing. I’m sure you have tonnes of good ideas. Get them into a story! :)

    • jmwalker17 says:

      Thanks so much for the support! It’s good to know that I’m not alone with this silly fear of publication – maybe we can help each other get over it! I’m following your blog now and I’ve read a couple of your posts… looking forward to many more =)

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