For the past few weeks, I have been completing my book and work, 62 Posts to Overcome Blogger’s Block. Actually, I became overly engrossed with the book to the point of frustration, and was losing my joy of writing the book. Along with that came the desire NOT to write anything. I have been much been feeling stuck, and my blogger’s block book could not pull me out of this one. Allow me to elaborate on my frustrations and my solutions. If you have any advice for me, please share.
I feel like my book HAS to be my life. It does not. It does have to be on the forefront of my thought processes, but it doesn’t have to be the only thing. My designer has the book and the only thing I have to focus on now is marketing and selling it. And I was taking that to the extreme. I feel like such a writing drama queen!
I haven’t been writing and blogging.This is the 8th deadly sin for me. Not doing the things I love most made me feel like the people who feel hopeless. I had to pull myself up by the bootstraps quick, fast and in a hurry.
I feel like everything I blog on this site has to be related to my book, writing or reading. This is a fallacy I created myself. I’m about to bust this feeling in the face because there is more to me than those topics. I want to talk about the dumbest people on social media (that post is coming soon) . I want to talk about racism and sexism in the literary world (how many black people have you seen on the NY Times Best Sellers List with in the past 5 years). I want to talk about mainstream media’s portrayal of black people. I want to talk about stereotypes and how they started (Did you know that there were people in North America before Christopher Columbus? Do you care?).
I was afraid I would lose readers if I spoke on these topics. But I have a bigger fear of losing myself, so with the new look will come new conversations.
I REALLY want to get into the silly side of Marcie. Unless you’ve talked to me personally, you don’t know that side. I’m the person who can tell you about the books I’ve read (super nerdy); I share resources (this is pretty cool); I can tell you how to use social media (who cares?). But I want to laugh at life. Ok, I need to practice, but I’m going to get it. My first subject – my beautiful mayor, Rahm Emanuel.
I think that’s it for now. From this point forward, I’m doing me. In the meantime, continue to send words of encouragement and let me know if you know of groups that would like to learn how to create content for their sites. And don’t forget to pre-order my book.