Friday, June 8, 2012


I didn't expect Jeff Goins's Great Writer's Series to be pleasant because challenges are the catalyst that kicks your complacent butt past the perimeter of your coveted comfort zone. They are meant to stretch you. Yet, I'm still stuck on Day 3: initiate

Today's challenge: practice. 
"Find a way to practice in public. Here are a few ideas:
  • Pitch a magazine you want to write for. Follow some of the templates in You Are a Writer. This article might help, too.
  • Ask a friend (or stranger) to guest post on his/her blog. Here’s another useful post.
  • Publish something on your blog you’ve never shared with anyone.Take a risk (we’ll be doing more of this soon).
  • Submit that book proposal. Don’t “work on it.” Finish it. Send it off. And say a little prayer."

Yesterday's challenge left me in a quandary and today 80% of my brain space was occupied by questions on what book I'd like to write, what magazine I'd like to publish an article in, and whose blog I could guest post on. No answers have surfaced. So now I'm supposed to practice in public but how can I achieve that if I'm unsure about how, what, and where? 

I read the bullet points above numerous times and one of them invoked a brief spasm of terror. 
-->>Publish something on your blog you’ve never shared with anyone.<<--

I have a long list of incomplete blog posts waiting patiently to be published. I know a few posts might not get to the published land but others will in due time. However, there is one particular post that I've been working on for over six months and I've vacillated between publishing it or nixing it. This unfinished blog post made me vulnerable to my kids and it was SCARY! 

To meet today's challenge I'll gather my courage, edit the entry, revise it, complete it, then hit publish. THAT should take me from comfort zone to unknown wilderness territory.