500 Words – Starting Up Again

This is my 500 words just show up writing for to day May 22, 2016.  While I desire to be a writer, I lack one of the most important things. I don’t write. Now that may seem easy, but I haven’t been showing up and just writing. The tribe writers course by Jeff Goins is my main focus right now. This course takes the student through many facets of writing and has great potential. The problem is I haven’t been showing up. I haven’t been getting my licks in so to speak.

One of Jeff’s other products if you will, is a 500 words a day challenge. It is a simple concept. Show up everyday and write 500 words. Get the writing muscles in action and get words on the paper. Everyday, day in, day out. After a year of writing 500 words a day, you have the potential to have completed an entire novel. All just by showing up and writing.

Well easier said than done. I have the bad habit of trying things out that have no value to the end product. Is Microsoft Word a better tool to use for this than say Byword, or Scrivener? How should I store the documents for later use? Would I benefit from using an outline, or an app to store my ideas? These are all thing I struggle with. Procrastination is my middle name, my mother says. I may have found the solution. Just Do It! That is what Nike says and that is what I have started doing.

Scrivener is the tool I have settled on. Joseph Michael has a course on Udemy.com. I took it to give me an overview of some of the features. Joe has another course that costs a whole lot more, but I don’t need that just yet. What I need to do is just show up. Are you seeing a pattern here?

So back to writing. Tribe writers has webinar calls where student can log in and Jeff and Andy Traub answer questions about the course. I used one of these calls to motivate me to get back to the grindstone. I promised Andy I would start the next day. Hey I’m in Germany and the call was at 10pm my time, lighten up. But that reset got trumped by life and my perfect procrastination. Sorry Andy.

I am still working out the details of what and where and when to write, but I am more focused now than ever. My main concern is/was, as is the case with quite a few others as I found out, I am just afraid to put myself out there. I am afraid to pull the trigger. I have read Seth Godin, Gar Vaynerchuck, Pat Flynn. I follow Cliff Ravenscraft, and Nick Loper, and I know what Minimum Viable Product (MVP) is, but I just don’t do it. Phrases like “changing direction is easy after you have momentum” or “the first step is the hardest” all resonate with me, but I still stay put.

Time to start!

And just like that 500 words is done. That didn’t hurt at all. It took all of about 30 min.

Thanks for reading, and I will see you tomorrow!