Sometimes, I’m late in sending out my KWD posts. Today, for example, it’s after 10 and I’m just getting started.
To be honest, I overslept. I’ve been burning lots of brain cells pulling together a new revision of my children’s novel and I was tired, so I ignored the alarm. It happens.
I’m sorry this is getting to you later than usual. I do my best to have a new post ready for you by 9 or 9:30. But sometimes I slip up, like today. I know some of you count on KWD to help you jumpstart your day. All of you are my cherished and beloved KWD readers and I do my best for you. I wish there were more of you, because I feel these KWDs are inspiring and helpful. But whoever you are and wherever you are, thank you for joining me and sharing your writing journey with me.
I’m totally committed to these daily posts sand to giving us all, myself included!) fresh ideas and insights and writing tips that will help us all get to the next level. This is my intention and it’s hasn’t wavered since I began this blog in honor of my beloved mom, Dorothy and my beloved sister Judy, and my beloved dad Albert, of “Mrs. Pumpernickel” fame (see tomorrow’s post.)
But sometimes, I miss the mark. Sometimes, I’m late or distracted.
Sometimes, I have an idea for a KWD that I think is absolutely fabulous, but it fizzles. It doesn’t really sing and dance.
Sometimes I feel completely empty and tapped out. But I fight through it and write something that amazes me. I surprise and surpass myself.
That’s how it goes. I make the effort to be kind to myself if I miss the mark. I don’t beat myself up, because my commitment and my intention are there. I can always do better and I vow to myself that I will, and I keep going.
And that’s exactly what we have to do with our writing. As the great Babe Ruth once said, “Every strike brings me closer to the next home run.” Someone once asked the Great Bambino what he thought about after he struck out. His answer, “I think about hitting my next home run.”
Great advice for us all! Sometimes we’re going to get a hit, sometimes we’re going to strike out, and every once in a while, we’re going to score a home run. As long as we’re up at bat and keep swinging, we’ll get where we want to go.
So I’m going to keep on swinging and do my best to inspire you to do the same. And if you feel there are others out there who might benefit from KWD, please share it with them. I’d love to have many more players in the stands as we all push our craft to the next level and write on!
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