Friday, February 27, 2009

What keeps me writing?

Right now, that is a very good question.  Now, not much is happening in my little corner of the writing department.  I really haven't been writing anything lately, and I am nearly frozen by fear over that fact.  Ever since I started the MFA program, I'm terrified of writing and failing.  There is the fear of writing and it not be good enough... but then there's the fear that I won't be able to write anything else.  It is a vicious Catch-22.

I just read a post over at Martha Silano's blog, and was so thankful.  It is such a wonderful reminder, I am going to print it out (in magenta ink... century gothic font... my favorites) and carry it with me.  I will fold it into a small square that can be easily portable.  I will carry it around and even though I may not be able to whip it out and read it at any given moment, I will know it is there, with all of its wisdom tucked inside.

Go.  Look.  Read Martha's post.  She's amazing. 

I am going to sit down and write.  I won't worry about it being perfect or "good enough."  I'm not going to worry about whether or not my title is performing its task or if I'm creating metaphor.  I'm just going to write.  Because I have all of those ideas that pop into my head during the day and I stuff them aside.  Because I have to.  Because, if nothing else, Martha said so.

1 comment:

Martha Silano said...

Thanks, Kimberlee, for letting me/us know that I nudged you a little closer toward writing today. Here's to lowering expectations!