Thursday, January 3, 2013

Writing gulps.

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So this September, which honestly feels like years ago at this point, I signed up for a personal essay writing class to take with Media Bistro and it starts next week. Gulps.  I knew myself back then.  I remember saying, "I'm going to sign up for this now and be stuck with it, otherwise I'm going to chicken out and not actually sign up for the class when the time comes."

Oh me, outsmarting myself, why'd you have to do that?  The class starts on Wednesday and I'm scared, you guys! I'm totally anxious that I will have nothing to write about and that what I do end up writing about will be trivial and silly and dumb compared to what everyone else is writing about.  I'm also really worried that it will be A LOT of hard work and that I won't be able to handle it.

Now, I know how I sound.  I'm not writing this post to have people tell me that I'm a good writer in the comments.  I get those comments sometimes without even asking and they totally make my day. I'm not joking, they make me have the best day ever.  But I guess I wanted to write this post to show other's my vulnerability, because I know that I'm not the only writer who feels this way, and to just tell you all about what I'm going to be doing!  My goal is to try and get these essays that I have yet to write published somewhere.  I will keep you posted as much as I can, because maybe talking about it a lot will make it a lot less scary.

In the mean time, I know a lot of you are writers too, so I thought I'd post the exercise the teacher asked us to do before the first class:
Bring three short ideas, no more than two or three sentences, describing personal essays you would like to write. Bring three other short ideas, same length, describing personal essays you would never, ever, ever consider writing in a million years, because they’re too shameful, would hurt too many people, would destroy your career or for any other reason. IMPORTANT: Don’t worry too much about whether any of these ideas are sell-able.
Pretty intriguing  huh?  I'm not going to share my answer here because of all those reasons listed above, but I think it's a great exercise.  I have a feeling those never ever in a million years ideas are going to be the ones we're encouraged to write about, don't you think?  If you're interested in writing personal essays too, you should try this exercise!

In other writing news, I'm going to be writing weekly recaps of Downton Abbey Season 3 episodes for XOJane!!  I will post the links here, but they will be scheduled to go up on Mondays after each episode.  I know a bunch of you are fans of the show, so I hope you follow along with me over on XOJane, I can't wait to talk about every single ridiculous, hilarious heart breaking and beautiful thing ad nauseam!

Stay tuned for some design changes around these parts as well! And please be patient if things look a little incomplete for a bit.  Here's to doing totally scary things in 2013 that you know are totally good for you.  Do you have a scary thing? Let's talk about it in the comments and try to make it less scary.

16 comments:

  1. That's such an interesting exercise. Please tell us what you do with them at the class.

    You can do this! Good luck!

    Becky
    xx

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    1. Thanks so much Becky! I'll keep you guys posted.

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  2. What a GREAT exercise! I might just do this!

    I also know what you mean about forcing yourself to do a class. I am so bad about following through on things like that, but I'm hoping (still waiting to hear) to start a short course in February which will be really useful and probably very interesting if I can just sit myself down and make myself do it. It's scary, though - what if it's really difficult?!

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    1. Thank you Sarah! Good luck with your class too!

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  3. ooh, I wish I could take that class too! I'm talking a couple of writing classes next semester and I am very excited.

    not that it needs saying, but of course you are a wonderful writer! I know exactly how you feel though. No matter how much I love to write, and how badly I want to do so for a living, sharing my writing is probably the thing that makes me the most self-conscious in this world.

    and congrats on the XOJane gig! :)

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    1. Thanks Debbie! Good luck with your classes too:)

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  4. Best of luck with the class! And I know how you feel - I could've written that 2nd paragraph myself. :)

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  5. huge congratulations on your opportunity to work with xojane!!! jane pratt and 'sassy' magazine was so very influential in my fearless living through my teens and 'jane' magazine spoke directly to me during my twenties. xojane is so relevant to me at this stage in my life. such a great experience for you and so very well deserved!

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    1. Thank you so much Chrissy! I know, Jane Pratt is the coolest.

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  6. Props for signing up for that class! I'd love to find something like that in Houston. You're more courageous than you think ;) I'm signing up for a beginning sewing class - it's nothing like the vulnerability of writing obviously but I always get nervous when starting something new.. and having a fear of failing/wasting time and $$! But hey, it's a new year, here's to trying new/intimidating things :)

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    1. Yes! Sewing sounds awesome. You rock!

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  7. Good Luck! It sounds exciting. Im looking forward to following your progress! :)

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  8. Good luck for the class, I know you'll be great though. I concur with you, I think you're going to be encouraged to write about the ones you don't want to write about haha. Sneaky sneakersons! I hope it goes well, I'm an advocate of doing scary things (within reason, I'm not going to bungee jump or anything!) Looking forward to hearing about it love :)

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    1. Thanks so much Suzy! LOL "sneaky sneakersons" made me laugh.

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