I’ve had the itch for a while, but didn’t have the time and/or guts to scratch it until now. Something just always seemed to get in the way (or, was I actually unintentionally distracting myself with other things?) of my latest obsession. I’ve said it more times than I can count and am even starting to get a little annoyed with myself for not having done anything about it sooner. But, life happens and before you know it, you’re almost 1/12th of the way through the new year and are still in the same spot you were six months ago. Okay, I’ve bought a few books on Amazon (and have even read a few pages!) and have been allotting at least 15 minutes a day for brushing up on my skills, but still, multiple weeks, months and years later, I’m not where I want to be. I want to be a published author. I want to be a writer. I just want to do it, but am having trouble figuring out how to get started. Just write, they say.
Okay, I’ve been writing at least 750 words per day for the last 42 days for a grand total of 34,297 words to date. Just today, I bought some books on food blogging. And in an attempt to really solidify this long-drawn-out dream of mine, I bought what I believe will be the book that’s going to change it all — “How to Become a Famous Writer Before You’re Dead.” And, done. How can I not be an instant success after reading this one? (Fingers-crossed that I didn’t just get totally ripped off! It did get 4.6/5 stars with 46 reviews…)
So, I sit here everyday racking my brain as to how I’m going to get started. What on earth am I going to write about? What knowledge do I have to share with others? What interesting things about me and my life do people want to know? The list goes on and on as I wrestle with the idea of writing a cookbook, becoming a food blogger, writing a book about auto-immune issues, or motherhood or cancer or pregnancy loss. See, it’s all here in my head, but I can’t figure out a way to sew all of the pieces together. Perhaps the trick is just taking one or two at a time. After all, I can write more than one book or blog post, right? I’m hoping that once I get the first book cranked out, all of the other ones will just come tumbling out onto the screen and I’ll have trouble keeping up with all of the book tours, signings and press. Ha! Now, I’m really getting ahead of myself. But, seriously, what do people want to read about? Know about? Would you find it interesting to know that I’ve struggled with self-esteem and/or eating issues most of my life? That I haven’t eaten a McDonald’s cheeseburger in over seven years? I can’t even tell you the last time I ate pizza from a pizza joint (and I worked at one in high school), french fries or anything in the fried food family. Do you want to know how this holiday season, I made five different types of cookies (including some of my favorites — sugar, peanut blossoms, and oatmeal chocolate chip) and didn’t eat one? Or licked even one morsel of batter? Side note: I did make myself some healthified processed sugar-free cranberry cake (which I still have a piece of in my freezer) and gingerbread cookies (which didn’t make it more than a week) to enjoy instead. Better yet, are you curious as to how I haven’t missed a workout (knock on wood, people!) in almost two years?
I know that this behavior is not really normal, but it works for me and may be of interest to others. I know that I’m always fascinated with what other people eat, how they work out and what they do to stay healthy and fit. Do others wonder that about me? And if they do, should I write about it on a regular basis? So, I’m throwing this out to the masses — I love to write, want to write and need to write. But, what do you want to read about as you (or me) sit wrapped in a fleece donut covered blanket while donning your alpaca slippers?
After all, writing is not just about the author. It’s about the people that inspire the author and the people who complete the author’s life puzzle (missing pieces and all!). So, if you’re managed to get to the end of these 750 words (thank you, thank you, thank you!) and care to comment on the types of things that you’d be interested in reading about, I’d appreciate the gesture more than you know. Help out a confused and eager author and you may end up learning more about her (as well as yourself) in the process. Signing off for now, my friends…