Writing about writing — or marketing, or social media, or management . . .

May 25th, 2011

If you’ve been following along with this blog, you’ll see that I’ve recently jumpstarted my posting here, and that mostly I’ve been discussing the writing process and other topics of interest to writers. There’s a reason for this — but also a risk associated with it.

  • The Reason — I’m reminding myself, day in and day out, that I’m a writer first. This helps me do my day job better (since my job centers on writing), but it also keeps me mindful that I have bigger fish to fry over the long haul. I’ve made no secret that I want to write books for a living, but the daily grind sometimes leads me to lose sight of that goal. Talking about books, writing, and the challenges of being a creator — all of that helps to keep the long-term objective in view. (It also helps keep me in touch with people who share similar interests, which is more than just a beneficial side effect.)
  • The Risk — The risk is that I’ll using talking about writing as a substitute for the writing itself. Surely you’ve seen this — a person talks about what they plan to do or want to do or will do (“I really mean it this time!”). But the talking becomes a false proxy for the actual doing. (I know there’s a name for this in psychology, but I can’t find it. If anyone can help me out, I’ll be grateful.)

The same thing applies, by the way, to business and finances and fitness and everything else: are you going to talk / dream / ruminate about it — or are you going to DO it? If the “thinky” part outweighs the active part, you’re doing it wrong.

My goal: reap the benefits without falling victim to the risks. Please help keep me honest on this.

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