Putting it out there

This week, it seemed like everything I read and listened to was telling me to put myself out there. Seth Godin urged me not to give in to The Man; to do my art. Jonathan Fields challenged me to tap into my inner mission.  And Stanford Smith coached me to blog, blog, blog.
Then my son, Casey, goes and records a song on YouTube, putting his art out there.
All of this counsel is doing wonders for my creative thinking at work. But each prod stirs up an inner guilt.
You see, there’s this novel I started years ago. Two sketchy chapters gather digital dust in some Word file somewhere. I remember the spurt of energy that powered me through the first 20 minutes. And I remember the next several hours of drudgery. Writing fiction is hard work!
The latter memory kept me from diving in again. There were convenient excuses: job stress, grad school for awhile, growing toddler/kid/tween. Maybe I should wait until Kai is in college.
Then Michael Stelzner threw down the gauntlet last week on his Social Media Marketing podcast: commit to your dream in public and let the crowd hold you accountable.
Even though there’s not much of a crowd here on my oft-neglected blog, this is my public commitment. I will get back to the novel.
As soon as I find it.

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