Procrastination: Setting up my writer's platform and networking has been taking up a large amount of my free time. I have to remind myself that, though the platform is important, the writing needs to come first. I have been practicing that "disguised" form of procrastination I talked about in my earlier blog entry, Mask of the "Read" Death. I've gotten really good at it.
Lack of creativity: The story is for a contest that is very important to me. There are judges involved who will be picking apart my story and deeming it worthy or unworthy. Every word needs to count; every scene unique and attractive. Pushing myself to be as creative and entertaining as I can has brought buckets of self discouragement.
Pressure: It's like when someone is watching you do something that you normally do just fine alone, but when you're in the spotlight it doesn't flow as smoothly as it otherwise would. I'm putting myself under that spotlight daily with reminders on the importance of the contest.
Here's to becoming a better writer as a result!
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