Today is the first Wednesday of the month (which just happens to be August, snugged in between July and September) so today is Insecure Writers Support Group. I'd been trying to decide what to write when Jeff asked me to write a guest post for his blog this month. My first thought was to ask for a topic assignment. Writing a blog post is a lot like writing a novel--I waste a lot of time dithering about what I should write before I settle down to actually writing.
And much like the time spent ditheringabout the novel, the time is wasted because I usually end up writing about something else entirely. If I'm given a topic (or a writing prompt) it's simple because I can just start writing without all the melodrama. A place to start.
Sometimes I wish I could be given a place to start in my writing career. "Here's your starting line. Now just go forward and keep moving." Instead I spent twenty years in the dithering stage before I decided to act. And I still don't know whether I've reached my starting line.
Maybe I'm still in training, running half a mile per day and hoping, someday, to run a marathon. I sincerely hope not. If my luck holds true, I'm going to reach the starting line for that first marathon and someone's going to say "All that training was to prepare you to be a sanitation engineer. You're in the wrong race."