Saturday, January 19, 2013
Who's Afraid of the Art of Making Noise?
Apparently I am.
As witnessed by dearth of posts on Blog de Meaux, I have committed the cardinal sin of maintaining websites. By refusing to add fresh contents, I'm doing a disservice to the readers and the blogging community in general.
I'm not going to make excuses for the prolonged inertia. I haven't stopped thinking about writing inspirations between the date of the last published post (which was almost a year ago) and now. I'm going to use this entry as an exercise for what precipitated my declining motivation to write. Maybe this will result in eradication of my procrastination. It's time to throw off the mental chains.
Mental Obstacle #1: Life gets in the way of writing.
How interesting! Most of my favorite authors and writers have some semblance of life outside the words they write. Many of them aren't even full-time writers, but authors who happen to be passionate subject matter experts in their areas of interests! Perhaps these creative beings use life or work experiences as inspirations for writing. Maybe the question I want to ask myself is, "Do I really want to do this?"
Mental Obstacle #2: Fear of not being good enough.
Hot damn. There are lots of activities and interests which I pursue, to varying levels, where perfection isn't a requirement. Cycling, visiting gym, practicing piano, cooking, taking classes, giving presentations, and playing in bands are things that I eagerly partake in, and I don't obsess over whether I am highly competent or not. Author Gretchen Rubin's describes one of her Secrets of Adulthood as being "Don't let the Perfect Be the Enemy of the Good"--perhaps it's time to heed those words and apply them to my writing.
Mental Obstacle #3: It's not convenient.
Sometimes I tell myself that in order for me to write, I need to be at home in front of my computer so I can focus my efforts. And when I'm at home, I tell myself that I need to be writing from outside the apartment, on my iPad, since there are many distractions at home. I keep making excuses that are convenience-related. How can I transform these excuses into excitement? Perhaps by associating the rituals or vagaries of working at home (listening to music and drinking tea) or when I'm outside (enjoying the scenery, taking advantage of free wireless Internet access, wearing awesome socks and shoes in public), I may feel more compelled to write.
Mental Obstacle #4: I don't own all the physical means or knowledge of production.
"My blog layout is yucky...I should be hosting this on a WordPress platform instead of using Blogger...I should be an expert on style sheets for the blog...I should hand-code everything instead of using the preset templates…I'm afraid that my blog site isn't strict HTML-compliant...I should be running the blog off my own server…"
Holy shit. I am making mountain ranges out of ant hill with the plethora of reasons why I stop myself before I begin. Perhaps I can take inspiration from the creative team behind my favorite podcast, The Powder Keg of Awesome, who started with dozens of ideas and an amazing mission, used a third-party podcasting service (Blog Talk Radio) to broadcast their weekly shows, and is going on strong after over a year. Those guys didn't let the lack of owning their own podcast system stop them from getting shit done. They didn't let the fact that there were thousands of other podcasts in the Internet world stop them from producing!
It's time to re-think about my mental chains, unshackle them, and make a habit of shipping--often and with confidence!