Something’s been bothering me lately.
Maybe bringing it here and telling you about it seems a little selfish. But I didn’t start this blog with the intention of leaving my own personal experiences out of the flow. This blog wouldn’t exist if I didn’t have firsthand writing experience.
Though it might seem strange to some, sharing these experiences with you helps keep you on track. Or it might not. Who knows. I’m not going to stop my hands from typing these words (except I will after this sentence, just for a minute, because I’m out of coffee, and coffee is what makes the words happen).
I have a problem. And I know many people cannot directly relate to this problem. Which is why I’ve been so hesitant to bring it up.
If there’s one thing I’ve learned from blogging for almost nine years, though, it’s that it’s impossible to please and cater to everyone. There might be someone out there who feels the way I feel right now, and just needs someone to put their feelings into words, and put those words into a post.
So, here it goes. I have a problem.
I have too many ideas. They will not stop appearing in front of me. I want to work on all of them ASAP, and I literally am not capable of doing so.
Basically, I want to create All The Things, and there just aren’t enough hours in the day.
I’m having a hard time falling asleep, because I can’t stop thinking about everything I want to do.
Maybe you’ve felt this feeling before, just on a less scattered scale. Maybe all you want to do is work on your novel. You would give anything to be able to sit down after first waking up and focus only on that novel until you went to sleep — even though there are so many other things in your life you also really want, and need, to dedicate your attention to.
I suppose we can call this a hurdle.
In the sports world, athletes jump over hurdles. There is no other way to (legally?) bypass a hurdle. You must jump over it, you must not touch it, not even accidentally.
Thankfully, writing is not a sport. (Stay with me here.) Writing is a creative process. There are still rules. But once you get really good at following those rules … you get to break them. Or should I say, you get to knock them down.
On a track, there is only one way to overcome a hurdle.
But the creative way of thinking tells us there is more than one way to move past a hurdle. I guess we can call these creative hurdles. And here are the rules: you can jump over them. You can also go around them. You might even crash through them (ouch?). It still counts as winning.
My biggest creative hurdle is that I want to do more. But doing more would technically mean I’d have to do less. And I don’t think I’m ready to do that, either.
I have ideas for blogs. Podcasts. Businesses. A YouTube channel. And so, so, so many books.
I can’t do it all. Not right now.
And especially not for free.
Friends, acquaintances, fellow writers … I need your help.
Trust me — it benefits you a lot more than you think.
Those of you who stopped by yesterday might remember a very brief mention of a giveaway.
Well here it is … if you’re willing to help me help you.
The first 10 people to pledge a monthly $1 or more to this blog’s Patreon page will be automatically entered to win my second copy of I Should Be Writing, Mur Lafferty’s newest book, officially released August 22.
You have until August 31 to enter. Don’t miss out — it’s an amazing book.
*Any dollars earned through Novelty Revisions’ Patreon page will ONLY be used for the purposes of this blog.*
I know the idea of giving money to something that doesn’t yet exist might sound iffy to you. But this blog exists. You’ve seen what I can do for free. Think about it.
Though I’m hesitant to do so, I want to tell you my plans for Novelty Revisions as a writing resource. Right now, it’s just a blog. But it could be so much more.
- I want to create a mentorship program that connects aspiring writers with professionals.
- I want to offer one-on-one coaching, in which I help you bypass your own creative hurdles and start writing the things you’ve been putting off creating.
- I want to expand upon the ideas I’ve briefly addressed in past posts, and create original ebooks and guides.
- I WANT TO DO MORE.
I will never require you to pay in any way to read the content on this website, not even through ads (for our purposes, I think ads distract from the messages I’m trying to communicate with you). But if you can help in any small way (tell me, how much does your monthly caffeine habit cost — more than $1?), we could accomplish so much more together.
I don’t feel like I’m doing enough for you. I want us to do more.
This is my hurdle. I hope you’ll help me crash through it.
Meg is the creator of Novelty Revisions, dedicated to helping writers put their ideas into words. She is a staff writer with The Cheat Sheet, a freelance editor and writer, and a nine-time NaNoWriMo winner. Follow Meg on Twitter for tweets about writing, food and nerdy things.