Wednesday, August 11, 2010

On writing (and sticking with it)

I have written every word to ever leave the tip of my pen or be transmitted through my keyboard because I have persevered to do so. I’m not really in the mood to write tonight, but I know that if I don’t, what’s to keep me from skipping writing a blog entry tomorrow night? Or the night after that? Or forever for that matter? Nothing. Nothing except a little gumption. But you know what? Most of the time, that’s all it takes. Sometimes obstacles appear to be monolithic structures blocking the path, but often they are only thin membranes of resistance, rent with ease by maintaining just a little perseverance.

Sticking with a project is one of the most consistently difficult things I’ve had to do in my life, but I know it has to be done. Just knowing that it has to be done isn’t enough, though; I need a push in the right direction from time to time. I’m very lucky to have a supportive, understanding group of friends who encourage me to keep on keeping on. One in particular, my friend Minima, has been invaluable in my blogging endeavor. When I started this blog, she charged me with the task of writing 20 entries (this one being the twentieth) to get me going. This may seem simple, but it was precisely the kick in the ass that I needed. Had she not encouraged me to write, it is quite likely that this blog would have only three or four entries, thrown on when inspiration struck.

Now that I have those 20 entries under my belt, I’m going to do what I think Minima would suggest that I do at this point: write another 20.

6 comments:

Lana said...

YOU GO GIRL! It's just like exercising or any other good habit you want to start or bad habit you want to quit. The great thing about blogging is that (hopefully!) you have people out there encouraging you with every try! Keep on writing! (Can you tell I taught English for 18 years?!!)

Sandman Moon said...

Minima has given me the kick in the ass I needed, too! (But such a loving kick!) That girl passes on ten thousand lives worth of living to all the people she touches.

Minima Sapala said...

HURRAH FOR 20 ENTRIES!!! Is it permissible to throw a "Happy 20 Entries" party with a cake and candles, or are the candles a bit much?

And thank you Mediocrity and Sandman for your kind words of praise. I will continue to attempt to live up to them.

Here's to the next 20 entries...cheers. :)

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Stacy Rajab said...

Wow - 20 is a great feat! Keep it up - your blog is very well written.