Day One Blogging Challenge
September 1st and the first day of my blogging challenge. As I wrote in my previous post, I’ve set myself the challenge of writing a post every day in September (excluding four Sundays) using the letters of the alphabet as a stimulus. I intend the posts to be associated with aspects of writing and reading – although sometimes that connection might be loose.
So, here goes!
Day one and the letter is A and the topic is ANXIETY
I’ve chosen to write about anxiety because it feels to me as if it’s the accompanying music to a writer’s world.
- Have I got any ideas? What can I write about? Have I got anything interesting, worthwhile, new to say?
- I’m frightened of the blank white page.
- I’ve got an idea, but can I make it work? The idea is strong and secure while it’s in my head, but it disintegrates when I try to put it into words.
- This writing is rubbish. Why would anyone want to read it?
- Why am I wasting time sitting in front of a computer writing stuff that no one but me cares about when I could be seeing friends, walking by the river, gardening, reading, lying in a darkened room …
- I’ve sent my story off to a competition, but I doubt it will get anywhere.
- Oh, it’s made the shortlist, but it can’t possibly win.
- I’ve finished the tenth draft of my novel, but will anyone want to publish it?
- Shall I self-publish? How will I sell it if I do?
On and on and on … the voices chatter, question, churn the stomach. To write or not to write – when it involves such anxiety – that is the question!