Half of August is gone and September is rolling into view.
A lot of stressful events occurred in the last few weeks (life between the sheets of paper) but they aren’t my stories to tell right now. They belong to my family but I can share some of my own more positive days.
I’m deep in the middle of a UCLA online writing class and to be blunt, it’s kicking my butt.
Sometimes we need a boot in the behind. And not to sound like a masochist, but it’s a good thing. The class contains a lot of great short stories to read, discussion with other students, and here’s where the shoe hits the soft spot, I must create and write a story every week.
Like everyone else, there’s a ton of stuff to do as a parent, sibling, daughter, and friend that could be done instead of reading and writing for a summer class.
But, I’m viewing this as a test of patience and persistence on my writing journey. Which reminds me of this quote:
At first, the assignment was 100 words, then 150 words, rising to 400 words (easy-peasy) but then we began to climb the word count mountain. Now it’s 500 words, and the final is a complete short story of 750-1250 words due in three weeks when I’m leaving to the UK. (I know, boo-hoo) 🙃
Although I may sound whiny I am enjoying the process. Sometimes it’s good to get back into ‘school.’
So, I thought I’d share a couple of items that may benefit my blog readers who are writers. Maybe you need a little inspiration to stay on the writing wagon.
“Don’t let yourself set page goals, or think in terms of what gets done in a given session of work. Spend the time–the session is what counts, the time. The goal should be two hours, or three, or four, however many. Did you spend the time? If the answer is yes, no other questions. Cultivate patience of the tidal kind. This day’s work. It doesn’t have to be especially productive–no matter how well or ‘not well’ it seems to go in a day, it is always going well if you’re working, if you’re making the time. The good things will come if you’re making the time.” Richard Bausch
And now for an excellent video:
I hope you enjoyed the quote and video. Whatever your chosen passion may be, a good kick in the derrière may drive you over the hump and into the desired place you want to arrive.
9 thoughts on “When You Need a Kick in the Writing Butt”
I know you will be fine, you have a true talent my sister! Keep moving forward! Hugs and blessings!
My weekly bible study in Proverbs and daily meditation grounds me and frees me of stress. Thank you for your encouragement!
Thanks so much for sharing the video! You can do it! Write away!
Thank you for your words and sharing this post on Twitter-you are so kind to writers. YouTube has a couple of other George Saunders video’s which you may find interesting.
Great post and video! Good luck with your course, keep at it💕👍
I’m glad you liked it. I wish I had more time to read everyone’s blog post, but need to make time to catch up. I miss your sketches!
Yes, sometimes it’s all about persistence. Those online classes definitely make you put in hard effort. Go and conquer that story–and then enjoy your trip! 🙂
Sometimes that’s just what we need! But good for you for your persistence amid all the other distractions 🙂