October 25, 2016

Objects (and Obstacles) May Appear Larger Than They Are

Today's post courtesy of Lynn's envelope filled with random words (to spark inspiration for writing). The word of the day is:


Take a trip inside my inner dialogue. My pep talk with myself. My daily affirmations. Call it what you will.

Without foresight, obstacles seem insurmountable, challenges seem impossible to overcome.


But with a bit of bravery (or faked bravery), and some faith in yourself, it is possible to accomplish goals that seem out of your reach.


Do it anyway. And don't TRY to do it, do it. Fake it until you make it.


Believe (and behave) as if.

As if you have no chance of failure.
As if it's a breeze, a walk in the park, a piece of cake. You know, easy.
As if you had as much faith in yourself as your best friends and family have in you.

Take that leap of faith.


Hope alone won't get you there, it's going to take WORK. Hard work.



How am I so audacious to think I can accomplish anything?

How can I not be? I am a rock star, waiting to take on the world.

Where did this confidence come from?

A smidge of it has been inside me, and it peeks out from time to time, and I approach awesomeness.

But the difference, I dare to say, came from a book. An audiobook that makes me feel like I can do.it.all.

What is this book that is changing my mindset as I listen to the author-narrator?

You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life, by Jen Sincero

With this new-found enthusiasm and self-confidence, I am going to write this freaking novel if it's the last thing I do. I want it so bad I can taste it. It may suck, it may be the worst book ever written - but it will be written.

Now that I've put it all out there, I'll be damned if I'm going to fail and feel like a loser.

You doubters can suck it.

NaNoWriMo starts next week, and I'm going to participate. I will have a lousy time, I'm sure. It will be hard and painful and I'm going to hate that I've made this commitment.

And I may think that I should BE committed...but I will see this through.

As I type this, the negative Nellie in my head is telling me that I can't, that I shouldn't, that I ought not dare to make such outrageous statements.

Screw you, Nellie. I have a female sociopathic protagonist who wants to rack up an impressive body count.

A week from today, the fun begins. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth. I'll probably be wearing a permanent scowl on my face. Much cursing will ensue. But along with all that ugliness, I will prove to myself that I have the determination to see this through.

And I have all my millions of fans three of you readers to keep me accountable.

I will not let you down. And I will not let myself down. And I for damn sure don't want Jen Sincero to think me a wuss (like she knows me).

Consider this my manifesto slash book review. Buy the book already...and when my book gets published, I'd be honored if you would give my book a look-see, too.


  1. Kim--Putting it out there (publicly) is powerful. As long was we keep it inside and unsaid, we can fudge and make excuses. Good for you.

    You have more than 3 readers. You have 4 in your writing critique group. And you have more than 3 blog followers.

    So write away.

    I love your "Fake it until you make it." I am going to use that with my middle-schoolers, who have a 5,000 word count for their word count. I told them, "Once you start, if you have your characters fleshed-out, they will start telling the story. You might not know where you're going with the plot, but they will tell YOU," and it's true.

    Congratulations for saying yes to NaNo, and if I hear of any special NaNo write-ins, I'll let you know...

    1. This was a scary post to write. Now that I've put it out there, I have to follow through, don't I? Geesh, what have I done?

  2. Sociopathic protagonist...is that an oxymoron? LOL I think this may be worse than the Walking Dead. Ooooh going to be a read and a half. Do not listen to the naysayers. Rock on!

    1. Linda, it's probably good that I don't watch TWD...then I can honestly say I never stole their ideas.

  3. Kim--I LOVE "Fake it until you make it," and plan to use it with my students.

    Linda is right. This is going to be a wild ride of a read. And you ARE a writer. I'm so glad you're going to do NaNo. If I hear of any special write-ins, I'll let you know.

    1. I have a woodchipper that can only do limbs as thick as fingers...accordionists and bagpipers, you've been warned.

  4. Good for you!!!! Your book will be fabulous!


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