Welcome to Making Baby Grand, a blog that chronicles my assorted escapades as I forge ahead (kicking and screaming) toward the completion of my first novel.
I know what you’re thinking…
I should be working on my novel, not blogging. It’s true. You’re right. I suck. I’ll do anything to avoid finishing this thing.
As much as I love to write, I spend most of my time avoiding it. Dr. Julia Markus, a professor at Hofstra University, once told me that writers spend their non-working lives obsessed with the fact that they’re “not writing.” Yep, that’s me. Oh, I’m enjoying my daughter’s school concert (and isn’t she beautiful?!) but… I’m not writing. The guilt can be overwhelming. I can’t tell you how many times I have been compelled to dig into my pocketbook for a pen and piece of scrap paper to jot down a witty observation while driving to the supermarket or while at a wedding, just so I can relax and go on with my life. For next few hours, at least.
Why do I avoid? I have a theory (and my psychologist friends out there should feel free to chime in anytime): I fear what I write won’t be up to my own standards. But, of course, the problem is when I don’t write at all, I feel worse.
So this is it! For the next three months, I plan to write at least two pages of new material a day. That should get me to about 300 pages or 90,000 words. And, procrastination aside, I’ve started this blog as a way to chronicle this process, work through my blocks, stop boring my Facebook friends with my misery and connect with other writers and readers out there.
I’d love for you to post comments about your own trials and tribulations with the written word. Think of this blog as our own little group therapy session.
I don’t know about you, but I feel better already.