I survived Day 1 and was already thinking about the Day 2 lesson of "BELIEVE" in the process. It has been a process! Here are Jeff's instructions for the day:
Today, you need to do something bold to believe you’re a writer. What is it? Quite simple, actually. You have to trick yourself.
A Jedi mind trick for writers
We practice what Gary Morland calls, “scary hope.”
He tells us that we should marinate and meditate on the thought that we are writers.
Our assignment for today is to get up 2 hrs earlier than usual tomorrow to write. I don't know if this would be a good plan for me. For one thing, I am not a morning person and I don't get enough sleep already. I think it would be counterproductive for me to add to the madness.
Despite that, I will commit to scheduling a time where I can write for 2 hours a day. Part of my problem in not being able to believe I am a writer is the lack of actually writing that I find myself doing. When I do sit to write, even a short piece, I stew on it for hours. If I write it, I rewrite it about 4 times before I feel it is complete. If I don't write it, I sit and think about it for hours on end, waiting for it to be perfect before putting it on paper. This has got to stop and I am here today to say that IT WILL!
I started reading Jeff's book yesterday "You are a Writer (So Start Acting Like One)" He emphasizes that we as writers have a voice that others won't hear unless we write it. That's quite a responsibility!
Thank you so much to everyone who left such encouraging comments yesterday. You help me BELIEVE!