Friday, January 3, 2014

Doubts


“Modest doubt is called the beacon of the wise.”

Shakespeare

Doubt, of whatever kind, can be ended by action alone.

Thomas Carlyle


Dear Muse,
I’m tired and I should be sleeping but before I go to bed, I want to say the following:
·      Thank you for inspiring me.
·      Thank you for all the writing you’ve helped me do.
·      Thank you for not giving up on me.
·      Thank you for constantly giving me new ideas.
·      Thank you for being here every time.

Tonight I felt like I couldn’t write.  So I wrote something about comic books.  It wasn’t my usual content, but it was well written, nonetheless.  It was probably good for me to do something different.  It took a while to write.  I don’t know why, but I just couldn’t write tonight.  Then when I finally finished, I had all kinds of doubts and questions.
·      This isn’t my usual content.
·      Will people hate it?
·      Have I finally run out of things to say?
·      Will my love for comic books mark me as immature?
·      Will I alienate people who don’t read comic books?
·      Will the comic book fans who read this like it?

Still, despite its unique niche, I realized you were with me.  I also learned some things:
·      Good writing is good writing, no matter what the topic is.
·      Lessons can be learned and applied from anywhere.
·      Being consistent is more important than being perfect.
·      It’s good to do something completely different occasionally.
·      Any work that gets me closer to my goal is good work.

Now I can rest.  I don’t know why I worry.  The point is what I write.  The point isn’t even to write well.  The point is to write often.  Every day.  Two or three times a day.
I did.  Despite all my doubts tonight, I was able to Get Started and Keep Going.  And now I’m going to bed.
Thank you, dear Muse.