by Patty Smith-Hall
I absolutely dread writing blog posts. I’m not exactly sure why. Writing has always been an outlet for me, and I find the time I’m working on a new proposal or putting the finishing touches on a completed novel extremely satisfying. Writing devotions for Journey magazine gives me a platform to share my faith with young women who seek to fulfill their spiritual needs while juggling family and career responsibilities.
So why does the thought of writing a blog post send a cold chill down my spine? Why would I sign on to write one every month if it causes me this much worry?
The writing journey isn’t comfortable. It’s filled with stomach-twisting cabinet-kicking moments. A contest entry that lost more blood than a stabbing victim, a disappointing rejection, a crushing review—all those things are enough to throw in the towel and go back to that safe place.
Until the urge to try again kicks in, and even in extreme discomfort, we give it another go. That’s how I feel about blogging. I’m not very good at it, or should I say, there are others here at Novel Rocket who are much more eloquent and educated in the craft than I’ll ever be. That’s not the kind of person or writer that I am. I have all the tact of a 2x4 up the side of someone’s head. But I am willing to step out of my comfort zone like I did when I sent in my first critique or submitted my first novel.
Or write a monthly blog post.
How about you? What part of the writing journey is a step out of your comfort zone?