By Cait Collins
Today I have reached a milestone. Outtakes 104 marks two years of blogs on Wordsmith Six. I never imagined we would reach this point. One year I could accept, but never two. It’s hard to believe I have published an original work each week. It hasn’t been easy. Some weeks I agonized over the blog. I had no idea what I would say. Sometimes the effort was a hit, but there have been plenty of misses. The satisfaction is in what I have learned along the way.
Commitment keeps me focused. When we first started the blog, I was concerned it wouldn’t last. Maybe we’d struggle along for a few months, but after awhile we’d allow life to interfere with our blog site. We’d begin missing a week here and there. Soon it would be consecutive weeks, and then we’d stop. That hasn’t happened. Over all, we have maintained our commitment to the site and to our readers. We discuss ways to improve Wordsmith Six so that our fellow writers and readers will want to return to our blog site.
Respect for deadlines. I’m not a techno-geek. There are times when I bang my head on my desk because I can’t remember how to number the pages in my manuscript. About the time I get a handle on the program, it changes. Needless to say, I have no idea how to manage the mechanics of running a blog site. Thank you, Craig Keel for shouldering that task. You give so much to the group I can’t imagine missing a Tuesday deadline. I might post my weekly Outtakes at 9:30 or 10 in the evening, but I have to get it in. It wouldn’t be fair or right to do otherwise.
It’s great therapy. I can have an absolutely awful day at work. My tongue hurts from biting it. But when I get home, I can write a scathing piece decrying all the injustices in the world, press control A and delete. Bingo, the heated words are gone, my blood pressure is back to normal, and my honor and reputation remain intact. No one’s the wiser and it’s cheaper than a therapist.
I enjoy writing Outtakes. I spend my day writing business correspondence. It’s a totally different format than writing a novel, memoir, screenplay, or play. But then writing a blog is new. I keep looking for ways to improve my presentation. I go through books, magazines, newspapers looking for new ideas. I plan to keep on stretching my wings.
Finally, it provides opportunities to connect with fellow writers and readers. You are the reason I am committed to another 52 weeks of blogs. From the beginning I said I didn’t have aha moments or deep insight into the craft of writing. I simply love what I do.
Don’t forget Braylan’s Contest. You still have time to submit your synopsis to firstname.lastname@example.org. The rules are in Outtakes 103. I look forward to reading your ideas.