If You Build It …

Some would call it putting the cart before the horse.

Allow me to preface this post with a little background about myself. I have terrible memory issues. This began occurring right after I had my first child. I believe part of it is being tired all the time, and also due to the literally hundreds of interruptions I get throughout the day. If a thought comes into my head, I need to write it down right away or it’s gone forever. The same is true during conversations – I interrupt people, which I hate to do, but if I don’t interrupt the second the thought comes into my head, that thought is lost in the black hole that is my brain.

I get ideas for writing all the time. I’ve taken to stashing sticky note pads strategically around the house so when these ideas pop into my head, I can jot them down immediately before they’re forgotten. These go in my pocket, and at the end of the day, into a writing notebook.

Bigger ideas, like establishing a writing career, don’t necessarily get forgotten, but they do get lost in the hustle and bustle of everyday motherhood. If I don’t nurture these dreams, they will fall by the wayside. Time is a taker, never a giver, and the two years I’ve wasted ‘getting around to’ writing I will never get back.

So what’s to prevent the same thing from happening now?  A spurt of writing and being serious about my writing career followed by another two years of being Super Mom just isn’t an option again. I don’t want to wake up one day, seventy years old, and realize I’ve just frittered away a huge chunk of my life with nothing to show for it. Which brings me back to putting the cart before the horse.

I created this website/blog for the purpose of promoting the books that I haven’t even written in the hopes that time and money spent doing these things will require of me the effort needed to make those books happen. It’s one thing to waste time, but to waste money too is just enough push to keep me going. If I build my website, my brand, my marketing, this ghost of a career, I will write the books to fill that cart and get it behind the horse where it belongs.

This website is my sticky note.

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3 thoughts on “If You Build It …

  1. Hi Bree,

    I was in your shoes once too. I didn’t want to wake up on my sixtieth birthday and realize that I’d done nothing with my writing,

    Let me start off by saying that what you’re doing (writing in spite of your hectic world) is commendable. I praise you for taking charge of writing career and choosing NOT to let it take a back seat. See, I on the other hand opted for the opposite and when my kids were young I closed the book on writing instead. Little did I know it would be fifteen years before I picked up a pen again! And by then (two years ago) I was very stale. So I started my journey back to writing with small steps, I read a lot, took some classes, attended workshops, joined a couple of writer’s clubs and wrote and wrote and wrote every day. I like you, made a decision then that if I truly wanted to do this (write for a living) that I would dedicate all my energy into writing and I have.

    I truly wish you the best!

    Maria
    PS: I tweeted your post.

  2. Thank you Maria, for the supportive words! You have some great ideas for getting more into the writing game (writers’ clubs, classes, workshops, etc). I will strive to do those things. As you know, it is hard with little ones to find much time.
    Also, thanks for the tweet! I tweeted your free eBook as well. Good luck with nanowrimo!
    Bree

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