I thought it was a good time to bring up a podcast I’ve been listening to lately. It’s called Writing Excuses and it’s hosted by three names in the genre world – Brandon Sanderson, Dan Wells, and Howard Tayler. I started listening to it mainly because of the lecture on writing I found on YouTube from Dan Wells (plus, he’s one of my favorite authors). They’ve been doing the podcast since 2008, so I have a lot of ground to make up. I’m about halfway through 2008’s archive thus far. I would recommend it for any aspiring author (especially those wanting to write in the genre field).
The title of the podcast got me thinking. It’s called Writing Excuses, and I find reasons not to write and when I do have time to write, I agonize over minute details or resort to writing in this blog. Based on one of the podcasts I listened to today, this is essentially writer’s block. I’m not having trouble writing or coming up with writings per se, I’m having trouble starting. I’ve written a page for two different ideas and scrapped them both. What’s the mental block that’s stopping me? Well, my wife (who is 100% correct in her assessment) says it’s because I’m a perfectionist. I think she’s right. I get so critical of my writing – even in its raw first draft form, that instead of pushing forward, I come to a stand still. To expand on this, I’m scared of failure and with the realities of the publishing business (especially these days), I know my chances are slim and none that my work actually sees a commercially published form. For some reason, I can’t wrap my head around the fact that if I don’t try at all, I’ve already failed.
Here’s to sucking it up and giving it the old college try.