What are the possibilities if you wrote under the assumption that you could not fail?
Some blogs tell you in bulleted points what’s best for you if you want to finish your dissertation.
Other blogs share golden nuggets in more reflective ways.
Yesterday a colleague mentioned an incident in the news that sounded to me as if it came straight out of John Irving’s novel The World According to Garp.
Googling John Irving to see what he’s been up to, I came across a post at http://www.bittysoda.com/blog/2005/08/world-according-to-john-irving.html
The blogger, Jessica Liese, wrote this post some time ago after attending a reading by writer John Irving.
At the reading, Irving, who wears his celebrity as a rock star, admitted that from time to time he experienced indecision and would then find himself “hopping from project to project.”
Even though Irving had admitted to an occasional bit of writer’s block, Jessica Liese was enthralled by the enormity of Irving’s sense of self. She said that Irving has “an ego [that] is palpable.” That sense of greatness must make him sure he will never fail.
The blogger’s advise to herself is applicable to writers of dissertations. She says, “I think maybe operating under the notion that I’m awesome is the only way I’ll ever accomplish the huge task of finishing a novel.”
What could you achieve if you assumed you could not fail?
Give it a try! Shut down your internal critic. Tell ole Lizard Brain to lumber off, and then pump up your ego and write.
50 Useful Blogs for Writers
Do you have a couple of blogs that you read religiously? What blogs come to you as a feed? I have a few, some on writing and others that are wisely applicable beyond their subject matter.
Have you come across “50 Useful Blogs for Writers”
I was surprised to receive an email from the blog’s writer, Randy L Ray, saying that he had included my blog (www.successfulwritingtips.com) in his list of 50.
Are there some blogs missing from the list that you think should be included? I would love to hear which blogs hold value for you.
Until next time,
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Nancy Whichard, Ph.D., PCC
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