Steven Pressfield has it right. Resistance is a sneaky bitch, cunning, and a professional liar. She is seductive in her suggestions and distractions. And time wait’s for no one.
I created this website close to 4 years ago. I have changed, rearranged, and in general, played around with all the settings and themes. Anything and everything to prevent me from writing.
The Dance of Web design:
At first, I planned for it to be a freelance website, then my fiction site, and I have gone back and forth for 4 years. During the 4-6 years, I have been playing this game with resistance I have journaled somewhere close to 2 1/2 million words. The number is great, the problem is no books, blogs, or any public writing.
What I have decided is I will use this for ALL of my writing. I hope to share the lessons I learn, good and bad with you. With that decision made I will be revamping many of the pages as I go. But, I don’t want to use that as an excuse, so we will do that little at a time.
The Seduction of research and education. Just one more book
I have read so many how-to-write books, over all the aspects of writing, that I have probably given myself the equivalent of an MFA. I will try to review what I have read, and create a page of resources that I recommend.
…But still, I haven’t started my novel.
…I haven’t blogged, even though I have been scheduling to do this for years.
That, my friends, is a damn ugly case of resistance.
My plan for battling resistance:
Today, I have made the decision to fight resistance daily. One of the ways I plan to do this is to write at least one blog post each day.
I plan to try to post my word count and the time I spent planning daily. Hopefully, this won’t be totally boring, and may even help some writer out there who is stuck in research learning mode.
I’m not completely sure what all this blog will cover. It may end to be a catch-all for the aspects of my crazy life. I figure the topics will develop as we go down this road.
- Fiction and Nonfiction book reviews-though I only review books I like or learn from, mainly because if I don’t like it I don’t read it.
- Lessons learned, techniques I try and the results
- Any research that’s cool or related to my books
- Research that’s just too cool for school
- What I learn about book series creation-since that seems to be the one area I have found a lack of resources and books about
- General life lessons
- Word count, planning time daily.
- I will add others as I think of them