Internally committing to something is one thing. Publicly committing to something is entirely different for now there’s a heightened sense of accountability. Your actions are measured, tallied. Your inaction noticed for the void of activity it occupies. Your ideas, your dreams, your goals are now in the public forum – no longer locked away in the confines of your mind. They take on their own life, own identity and are now tangible. What noone could see is now in the limelight. It is now hanging over your head like a visible thought bubble…
…mine is written in 12pt Calibri font and says “I want to be a writer“.
In an effort to get my creativity kick-started I dove into a workshop with the amazingly talented, brilliantly authentic, witty and charming Donna Morrissey this past weekend. It filled me with so much enthusiasm for the craft and allowed me to stretch my proverbial writing muscles. We were challenged to write a number of short passages on the fly, without much preconceived thought about what we were writing. The results of our efforts were surprisingly good and some were downright outstanding. Some true talent in the group. It uplifted my spirits in that it showed me I can put thoughts to paper and come up with something quite worthy of being shared and it also put me humbly in my place and at times made me feel extremely inferior in my skills when pitted against other writers. Perhaps the best compliments came when other writers in the room approached me about a theme I had written about – procrastination.