And just like magic, the Uni delivered a prompt today that would allow me the luxury of participating fully in both.
December 2 Writing.
What do you do each day that doesn’t contribute to your writing — and can you eliminate it?
(Author: Leo Babauta)
There. I said it.
I suffer from comparison syndrome.
If you’ve been reading the blog for any length of time, you know I
love am ADDICTED to Twitter. For awhile that kept me from writing consistently (unless you count 140 characters at a time as significant writing progress); but since embarking on my #6monthchallenge, that “problem” has been eliminated.
But another (unexpected) surprise of my Twitter addiction has been the “discovery” of my writer envy. You know what I’m talking about. You come across a blog you love or a businessperson you admire and suddenly you feel woefully inadequate.
Like you are never going to be as good as *they* are, so why fuckin’ bother.
Day after day, I head off to another blog, read the 10,000 comments and think, “I really suck at this.”
And then I make all sorts of excuses why I could only write a “little”. If at all.
(Perhaps this is one of the previously undisclosed reasons the Uni had for issuing the #6monthchallenge.)
So, today I looked at the prompt and faced “facts”.
Maybe I do suck at it.
And just maybe, the possibility exists that my writing isn’t intended for 10,000 readers.
What if, the Universe proposed, it is just ONE person you are supposed to connect with? And that ONE person steps into their own power and transforms millions.
So I began to think about those writers I envy. The ones whose blogs I follow, but rarely comment on, because I feel somehow unworthy.
(Damn! Comparison syndrome sucks.)
It was then I began to realize that the writers I “envy” have actually been guiding me. It is in my desire to be a better writer (like these women), that not only has my community grown, but my belief in myself as well.
So today, in the presence of God(dess) & witnesses :), I acknowledge that the very thing I believed to be limiting my writing was actually feeding it all along.
My writer envy transformed itself into writer love.
In the interest of celebrating this transformation, it my honor to introduce you to 5 wordsmiths who are just some of my writing angels along with a link to one of my favorite posts. (Trust me, I have more but we’d be here all day!)
I love you ladies. Thank you for being who you are and for being a part of my life.
Amy Oscar (On Twitter @AmyOscar): Amy’s writing connects me to the beauty and gift of the present moment. And anyone who could see the grace in hot flashes was someone I just had to know. 🙂 I think you’ll enjoy this post as much as I did.
Alisha Sommer (On Twitter @storiesofsommer): The first time I heard about the quarter-life crisis, I laughed my ass off. Seriously? That’s some made-up shit, I thought. And then I met, Alisha. A writer and 2x mom, who at the tender age of 25 is asking the questions that took me 35 years to face. Like with all these women, one favorite post is hard to select. But this one hangs in my office.
Julie Daley (On Twitter @juliedaley): What’s not to love about a website called Unabashedly Female? A coach and writer who helps “women (who long to) awaken to their Raw and Wild Creativity.” Raw & Wild? Count me in. Love of a Woman was transformational. Thanks, Julie.
Ronna Detrick (On Twitter @RonnaDetrick): Ronna’s blog is called Renegade Conversations. Now, I’m sure you have figured out that the word “renegade” is pretty appealing to me. 🙂 This quote on Ronna’s about page hooked me: I will not be silenced. I will live out loud. I will not edit or censor myself. I will tell the truth. I will not be safe; I will be dangerous, provocative, risky, and bold. Her recent post about turning 50 made me squeal with glee. Rock on, Ronna!
Sally G (On Twitter @Sally_G): Sally is my spiritual ass-kicker. I “met” her after my first guest post and was in awe of the insightful way she commented on other blogs. This woman is DEEP. Once I started reading her blog regularly, I discovered she reminds me of the “truths” about myself that I have forgotten. I know she’ll do the same for you. The blog post that made me a fan incorporated my favorite song of all time.
Please take a minute to follow them on Twitter. Stop and read their blogs. And please, share this post with your peeps so they can be inspired by these beautiful souls.