I have been here before. I have read OSC's lessons multiple times. I have read two of his books about writing twice each. I keep hearing him say "Get writing!"
My first problem is time. I run my own business, am married with kids and have an old house to keep up. By the time I have time to write I am so tired...
My second problem is self doubt. I write technical newsletters and have a blog about staffing. I write job ads and I have people tell me I should be in marketing. I know I am good at those. When I mention writing fiction to my wife she tells me that I cannot write. (Through she also said the same thing to me about stand-up comedy, and I did a short routine at my church Open Mic night and it was a big hit...)
I have begun anyway. I write bits here and there. When I am stressed at work I take some time to write. (I am the boss... who is going to fire me? I am at work now!). I would like to find a small group of people with whom I can share my writing. I plan to post the starting lines to a few of my stories here to get some feedback, give some feedback, and maybe connect with some people. I hope to get some motivation to finish many of the stories I have started, and maybe someday finish some of the novels that I started.
I write some SF, some Fantasy, and some things which are a bit of each!
And I would like to thank OSC who I hear almost every day telling me "just write!"
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Well Scout I can relate on just about all levels there. While no longer truly self-employed, my only boss is across the pond in Italy, and has never visited, although I go over twice a year. Instead of old house, I live on a mountain with 26 acres that need constant work. And two young kids.
My advice is "just write". This year, starting in February I rearranged my schedule to accommodate writing. Evenings weren’t cutting it, too burnt from work. So I started early morning, 5:30 giving me an hour before I get the kids up for school. And I just wrote. Didnt matter about what. Didn’t matter if it was good. Just writing freed up all that was inside.
Self-doubt. I think most have some of it. But I put it aside. Yes, I want to publish a novel, be paid. BUT in truth it doesn’t matter. I write because I want to, and therefore it doenst really matter if some feel I am not that good. The only reason that would concern me, is if I can take something they say to make my writing better.