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Writing background music.
Check.(Study on Spotify) 
Check. (Good in-between time of not hungry and time to start dinner.)
Writing prompt.
Check. (Blog about last weekend's writing retreat.)

Great! Everything I need. Plus:
Excuse to procrastinate.
Check. (My blog layout is ugly and outdated.)

I know what this is. Procrastination is Perfectionism. And Perfection is a big fat lie, kind of like the "thigh-gap" or "invisible pores." Sure, there may be a few women out there who really look like the images we see in the magazines, but most of the time, the pictures we see are the gift of photo-shop artists.

Like the magazine model who prepares for a shoot by dieting, working out, and buffing her skin with a sander, I prepared for my writing time by mixing up my drink, clicking on my music, and sitting down. That's all we both need, right? The muse will come to me and I will peck away at the keys, creating a fantastic piece of writing. The model will convey at least 15 different emotions into the camera, complete with a different outfit for each, leaving the photographer with at least 100 usable photos. 

Or not. 

Before I even started, I took a look at my blog and decided this website was not ready for any kind of muse. It was as if my imaginary model checked herself on the way to the shoot and found a brand new zit on her forehead. 

No, this will not do at all.

But here's the thing, if you want to get started with anything; if you want to move forward at all; you have to DO THE THING, no matter what real or imagined thing is in the way. 

The model may sweep her hair over the zit, or use more makeup-- but the photographer may need a shot with her hair up, anyway. It will still work. 

I may make a few little changes to the layout of the blog, but still not love it. I'll write anyway. 

For me, it's not about the perfect blog post (as you can see, if you are still reading this). It's about doing the writing. Practicing getting to the page more often, and even sharing, no matter that it could be better. 

There will be time to create a new website, just like there will be time for the photo-shoppers to tend to my model's blemish. For now, I will get some words up onto my lonely blog as a reminder to myself that once I hit publish, it's not going to be perfect. 

And that is okay.

Happy Writing!



Chicken Soup for the Soul: My Experience

The popularity of the Chicken Soup for the Soul books is beyond extraordinary. What started out as a multi- rejected book idea has turned into a multi-million dollar book empire. More than 110 million Chicken Soup for the Soul books have been sold. Many of the books have been translated to 40 different languages. I'm proud that my personal essays have been included in some of these books, and I hope to continue being a Chicken Soup contributor.
My Story
I thought I would share a bit about being published in these collections. I'm very happy with my Chicken Soup experiences, and part of that may be that I went into it with little expectations at first. I started with them because I had a few stories that seemed to fit what they were looking for, and I thought I had nothing to lose. Unlike some of the other markets and contests I was looking at, submitting to Chicken Soup could be done at no cost to me, and I didn't even need to worry about a postage stamp, because they had a…

All the Right Ingredients to Writing Advice

Last time, I talked about people in our lives that are pretty sure they know how to be successful writers, because they spent much of their time reading. Sometimes their advice can be a blessing, sometimes just the opposite. It is the same with the plethora of advice available from other writers. Have you checked out almost every book about the writing process from your local library at one time or another? Are your shelves lined with your own copies of "the-perfect-writing-advice-that-will-get-me-published-once-and-for-all"? Are you a member of multiple online writing communities? Do you hold your breath just a little bit when waiting from the critique from that "certain someone" in your writing group?

Yeah. Me too. And I don't think that gaining knowledge is a bad thing. We just have to be careful.

Don't Let Too Many Cooks Create a Recipe for Disaster
I love great food, I savor the tastes and textures of all kinds of cuisine; but unless I have specific, de…

Why Ghostwriting? Guest Post by Kelly James-Enger

Is it Time to Disappear?  Why I Became a Ghost--and Why you Should, Too
I never intended to become a ghostwriter. After all, why would I spend months of my life toiling away on someone else’s book? No thanks. I only wanted to write my own books, and that’s what I did.
I soon found, however, that the life of a book author wasn’t quite what I’d envisioned. I was working long hours, yet making less money than I had before, when I wrote only articles. The reason was simple—the time I spent promoting my books left me less time to write articles and other books, which cut into my income.
            Fortunately for me, I was approached by a nutrition expert about coauthoring her book. I found I enjoyed collaborating with her, but the real payoff came when we finished the manuscript. As the author, she now had to start promoting it—but I was all done!
That was enough for me. I decided to pursue coauthoring and ghostwriting, and “my” next book was ghostwritten for a client. (Typically a “coau…