A common suggestion for becoming a better writer is to use daily writing prompts.
Or so I hear.
Let’s face it, after the epic fail signing up for the November Blogging Month contest and writing absolutely nothing, I can use all the help I can get.
But we’re not pulling up a chair for criticism this afternoon.
Instead, we are taking a deep breath and heeding this advice:
I love you, Melle. Now write something. Anything. JUST.FUCKING.DO.IT.
So I grabbed one of the WordPress writing prompts stuffed in the dusty jar sitting on my equally dusty desk and this is what it said:
“Today, share something you love about yourself–don’t be shy, be confident!–but that few people know about you or get to see very often.”
You’ve got to be kidding me.
I can’t hide my procrastination, that’s for sure. I think we’re all clear that I have perfected it. I’m so good at it, in fact, that if they handed out degrees, I would be Magna Cum Laude.
I decide to draw another writing prompt. What the hell? I can come back to this one in another post when I have had more time to think about it and come up with a super clever response.
“Tell us about a situation that was not funny at all while it was happening, but that you now laugh about whenever you remember it.”
This blog post?
“Think about your day. Select one of your daily rituals and explain it to us: Why do you do what you do? How did you come to adopt this ritual? What happens on days when you can’t perform it.”
The only daily rituals that come to mind are checking numerous times to be sure I unplugged the curling iron and making the bed (if you can call it that) in a frantic attempt to locate my glasses. My most consistent ritual, however, would have to be…drum roll please…running late.
“One day, you notice a strange stat on your blog. Write a short piece of fiction or poem that describes what you see, and/or what happens.”
What’s that? What’s that I see? Another person is following me!
“Is there something you’ve always wanted to learn but haven’t gotten around to? What is it and what’s stopping you from mastering the skill?”
Well, obviously I have wanted to learn how to blog. I could write an entire blog of excuses why that hasn’t come to fruition but the bottom line is the only thing standing in my way is, quite frankly, ME. I’m the hold up here, the road block, the one preventing this from happening.
So it’s time for me to get out of my own way and get this blog going. (Again).