Monday, June 11, 2012

15 DAY WRITER'S CHALLENGE | DAY 5: PREPARE


I think this is the day when I receive the ominous DO NOT PASS GO card. The challenge for Day 5 in the Great Writers series is: 

Ship it. Put something out there, anything. Don’t wait; move something forward. You don’t need to know everything, just the next step. If it’s a big project, you don’t have to finish the whole thing; just finish part of it. But for crying out loud, do something.

Honestly, I don't have a big project in the works or have an idea of what that big project could be. I'm still trying to complete the last day's challenge to practice and I chose to publish something on my blog that I've never shared before. I have yet to muster up the courage to press publish on that blog entry. I will...soon. 

I've noticed something, though. I'm writing. Not sporadically or when I feel like it but intentionally. Whether it's on my blog, in my journals, or in Evernote on my iPhone, I am writing about the impossible dreams, my secret pain, the hidden anguish, the flourishing hope, and the favor of God in my life. While I'm not ready to ship something today if I continue to practice and prepare then someday I will. 

Every day while my creative self wastes away in my corporate prison I take drastic measures to keep my dreams and hope alive. IT is the only way to keep the truest part of myself intact, thriving in the midst of the decay of drudgery and self-doubt. The main conduits for my creative expression are writing and photography. Without them my entire being is unable to function with life-flowing energy. The problem that has become apparent since I began this writing series is the lack of a harmonious balance between the two. This imperfect balance must be corrected. 

I'll begin my preparations by sending e-mails to a chosen few asking them what they believe I should be writing about. Jeff Goins says to "Trust your heart and intuition, but also apply some of the feedback you received." Currently, that is all I have: my heart and intuition. I have delved deeply within my heart to discover what I should write: a book, an article, or a guest post on a blog? I know it doesn't happen overnight but as long as I remain intentional in my writing I will arrive at the place where the answers are evident. 

In the meantime I will continue to practice, prepare and quit stalling.