by Margie Senechal
So, I've been thinking...
I take pride in my work. When I build an endstand, I tend to maintain it--even if it's not in my department as these two Christmas examples aren't. But, I made them and want them to stay "pretty" despite customers hanging shirts from the side or placing a watch and bottle on the shelf.
When I work in an aisle, I like to see the improvement, the signature touches that say "Margie was here".
I am a good merchandiser. I have a good eye and enjoy the piecework of picking pieces from the shelves to create my own little jigsaw puzzle in a four foot area.When we have uppie-ups visiting town, my boss looks to me to improve needy areas. And I revel in that accomplishment.
So, here's my wonderment. Why don't I apply that same pride and care to my writing career. Or at least establishing a writing career? Mmmmm
Instead I use excuses. I'm too tired to write. I have so much to do. There's a new movie out I have to see. Oooh, look at that meme, that would make a cute coaster.
When people learn I'm a writer, I kind of shrug it off. And I've completed eight books. In different genres! I have three YA manuscripts, one adult suspense, two early readers, and two picture books. None of these are published or publishable at this point, but they are done. I have rewritten one of them eight times, throwing away almost an entire novel itself with the scenes I've cut. I've rewritten another one two times.
So, why do I minimize my accomplishments there? Just because I haven't published?
And why don't I "make" time to write everyday? I'm off tomorrow and Saturday, and already I'm pretty booked up. And writing is nowhere on that schedule.
Saturday is almost impossible with commitments, but if I get my errands done today before and after work, I can stay home tomorrow. I can watch and listen to the rain while I get some writing done. So, I'm committing right now to write tomorrow and to stay in the chair for the duration of 2K.
And when I'm done, I will take pride in that accomplishment. I will channel Lani Diane Rich and proclaim, "I am a writer!"