Great Writer Series Update: You’re Only Human

The Challenge continues on and getting up early for writing is competing with my scheduled life. I have two early morning appointments this week. If I want to stay on the early morning schedule I started, it means getting up even EARLIER so I can get my hour of writing into the day. I’m starting to feel the familiar feeling of walking on the tightrope and having to make a decision about what takes priority to get through the day.

Day 5: Prepare and the challenge is … Ship it. Put something out there, anything. Don’t wait; move something forward.

You don’t need to know everything, just the next step. If it’s a big project, you don’t have to finish the whole thing; just finish part of it. But for crying out loud, do something.

Hot damn I’ve got this one! Got up early again (OK I did lay in bed for about 20 minutes arguing with myself to get up) and worked on my online course project for an hour. I read this tip about writing somewhere – just write and don’t edit, just get it out. So I’ve been writing everything without worrying about the editing.

The online course I’m writing is one of those programs where you sign up and receive an email once a week with really cool stuff and crap you need to learn. I’m adding exercises to the end of every email message to help them work through each lesson.

As of today, I have the intro email and Week 1,2 and 3 written out. I’m pretty freaking proud of myself right now.


Day 6: Steal and the challenge is …. Find a quote or a painting or some form of inspiration — and steal it. Make it your own.

Attribute it — give credit where it’s due — but don’t be afraid to use it. Let someone else’s work springboard you into your own. Give up on your pursuit of originality and genius and just find something that inspires you. Borrow from your friends and heroes and mash it all up into something that looks, feels, and sounds like you.

I slept in a bit today because I knew this was my scheduled day for writing. At the beginning of this year, I started blocking off a day (or at least a good 5 hour block of time) for writing.

I write blog posts for this one and my business blog so I take the day to write and catch up on reading the blogger and the writing-related emails I signed up for. I use this time to research and read/make comments on other blogs. I basically dive head first into the blogger world for a whole day and don’t come up for air until a good 5 – 9 hours later. Writing day is my favorite day of the week!

I’ve already figured out what I’m going to steal (honestly, I don’t care for that word so I’m going to replace it with the word BORROW) – it’s the song lyrics that are circling around in my head. When I remembered my two early appointments this week, I had to figure out what was going to give to keep up with the challenge.

And no, the answer was not wake up at 5am to keep writing AND think I can have a productive day. Waking up at 6am last week really took a toll on my ability to concentrate so the thought of waking up even earlier just doesn’t seem to be the way to go.

So for today’s challenge, I’m borrowing some of these lyrics from Billy Joel’s song You’re Only Human (Second Wind)  because I realize that I can’t do this challenge perfectly. I can’t make everything fit into my day that I think I have to do. I’m only human and its OK that I’m going to make mistakes.

You’re having a hard time and lately you don’t feel so good
You’re getting a bad reputation in your neighborhood
It’s alright, it’s alright
Sometimes that’s what it takes
You’re only human, you’re allowed to make your share of mistakes

Though you feel your heart break
You’re only human, your gonna have to deal with heartache
Just like a boxer in a title fight
You got to walk in that ring all alone
You’re not the only one who’s made mistakes
But they’re the only things that you can truly call your own

Don’t forget your second wind
Wait in your corner until that breeze blows in

You probably don’t want to hear advice from someone else
But I wouldn’t be telling you if I hadn’t been there myself
It’s alright, it’s alright
Sometimes that’s all it takes
We’re only human
We’re supposed to make mistakes

But I survived all those long lonely days
When it seemed I did not have a friend
Cause all I needed was a little faith
So I could catch my breath and face the world again
Don’t forget your second wind
Sooner or later you’ll feel that momentum kick in

Photo credit: Balance

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  1. Pingback: Great Writer Series Update: Getting My Second Wind « My journey to live an authentic life

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