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06 November 2007 @ 10:32 am
On writing  
I've been reading Steven Barnes' blog at http://darkush.blogspot.com. Went back to the beginning and am working through the archives. A lot of his posts are on taking care of the whole you-- mind, body, spirit-- and working through fear to achieve your goals.

It makes a lot of sense to me.

He gears it toward not-yet-published writers. And there seems to be some damn good advice there. He has a program called "lifewrite" that is focused on people who want to give up all their excuses and actually go for what they say they want.

I think I'm going to try it.

It wraps up physical fitness, relationships, careers, and the writing process. Apparently you can slowly improve everything at once. :) Honestly, reading this stuff has me very excited, and I'm thinking, why not? Why not try and keep trying instead of falling back on old excuses? And heck, if I could get some stories published, that's not at all a bad thing. :) I wouldn't give up my day job, but it'd be nice to have a little extra money.

So yeah. I'm going to do it. Anyone want to join me? I know if you read it, a lot of times he comes off like a Tony Robbins type, or seems kind of full of himself. But I ignore that and focus on the parts that mean something to me.

So who wants to write with me?
Kayefreak_in_need on November 6th, 2007 03:39 pm (UTC)
I really like that current post about how it's easy to make oneself seem busy, or on the way to improvement, by making excuses. It's not something I like to hear of course, because I do it too, but still very interesting. I think it's awesome that you're gonna start writing.
Elletheletterelle on November 6th, 2007 04:26 pm (UTC)
Yeah. I make excuses all the time, but I know that's all they are. If I wanted to badly enough, I could change. And why not? I want to be healthy. I want to write well. Why not take the steps to make it possible?

It's just that food=ISSUES for me. I'm scared to open that door and confront the issues, because I don't know what's there. I'm generally an introspective person, so not knowing at all what's behind the door is terrifying.
Kayefreak_in_need on November 6th, 2007 05:48 pm (UTC)
Totally understandable. But I bet writing would help you there, too. Characters make excellent guinea pigs for revelations you're not ready to have yet.
Dusk Petersonduskpeterson on November 6th, 2007 09:50 pm (UTC)
I think it's neat that you're tackling this. This reminds me a bit of A.R.T.S. Anonymous, which I considered joining at one time because of my Internet addiction. A lot of the members use Julia Cameron's The Artist's Way as their guide.

While trying to remember what Ms. Cameron's name was, I turned up this Google Books excerpt, talking about similar programs.