Monday: May I tell you something about writing?
I have a writing confession.
I have no idea what I'm doing.
I've been staring at this open window trying to come up with some writing tip or pearl of wisdom to share with all of you, but the truth of the matter is, I have no effing idea what I'm talking about. I'm not trying to be all cute and self-deprecating here or anything. I truly have no idea what I'm doing when it comes to writing.
On any given day when I open up my document and try to write, I have no idea if anything is going to actually come out. And when it does, I have no idea how it got there or if it is any good. What worked for me yesterday doesn't work for me today, and both of those things are different from what worked last week. It's a wonder every day I get words on the page that actually make sense.
I scroll through my reader and see all of these writers blogging all about writing advice. Every day a new piece of advice, a new tip to share with the crowd. You may notice that this isn't that kind of blog. I have no advice to give because I have no idea what I'm doing. If there is one thing you don't want, it is advice from the clueless.
So, I'm owning my cluelessness, and I encourage you to do the same thing.
Don't feel like you have to be some sort of expert on writing. Don't feel like you need every blog post to be some sort of metaphor about writing. (You know the ones. I was walking my dog/skydiving/being abducted by an alien and I realized it was just like writing a novel! Let me explain the comparison to you!) Don't feel like you need to know what you are doing.
Don't feel like there is something wrong with you if you can't come up with a single piece of writing advice to share on a blog post.
We're learning as we go along, and that's okay. We may have been doing this for several years now, but we still have most of it to figure out. I'm a teacher in my day job, but here in writing land I am still VERY much a student, and I'm good with that. I like learning.
(I guess that's the key...I may not know what I'm doing, but I don't give up. I keep trying to find the answer, even though it's hard. You can't use cluelessness as an excuse. You have to try to get a clue.)
Am I the only one who still feels