Life: It gets in the way of living

I was sitting here tonight thinking about the week; the things I had planned to do, and then, the things that I actually got done. I`m not just referring to writers block or the fact that all my friends (who know I work from home) feel free to do drop-ins and constant phone calls throughout the day; I am also talking about life and how it just always seems to get in the way of living.
I remember reading several authors who spoke about their daily habits, their writing rituals per-say, and the way they came into their own as a writer. All of them–to a “T”–said they made writing a job and treated it like such. They also quit listening to the negative voices in their heads.
I realized that I still need work in this area. I love the freedom of my life; I love the ability to wake up and drink coffee in my home and not in some cubical. I love the fact that I can choose to write in the morning or the evening, depending on the needs of the day; however, that last statement is just exactly what my problem stems from–no set routine…UUGGH!
I know some of you can relate. I must admit that I hate when I realize the existence of another area of undisciplined behavior in my life. The fact is that I must now confess to all who read this post that I am just a big kid anyway. I am what you might call “ambitiously lazy”; that is, I work my ass off so I can play. I will work 8 hours straight through, no lunch, no breaks, if I know that when I`m done, I can go play. The problem comes in when I try to decide when I am going to work those 8 hours *laughing.*
I always plan things out. I have a smarter-than-me phone with to-do lists, calendar reminders, and alarms that tell me what to do; I have post-it notes on every flat surface in my house; my dog even tells me when he`s hungry, when he needs to pee, and when it`s his bedtime; and yet, I have no discipline. I make all these plans only to decide: “Hey, I`m the boss here…I will do this later.” The saving grace for me is my neurosis seems to work well with my writing.
In spite of all these imperfections–I still find the time to write. I still wind up writing something that ends up getting the attention of some reader on the other side of the globe. The words we put down touch people`s lives.
I have a dear friend who`s wife has dreamed of writing a children`s book for years. One night we were having supper at their home. She finally decided to brave reading some of her work to those of us at the table. She has a great ability to write, and her story was excellent. I pounced on her at once, giving her all of the advice I could muster on how she should proceed. The problem she was having were the voices, you know, the voices in her head; the voices that tell us we are wrong, no one wants to read what we write, no one cares.
That dinner was several months ago and tonight she called me. I thought it odd until in the background I heard her husband say, “Just ask him dear…just ask him.” She asked if I had ever written a query letter to a publisher. I said that I had not and that I was really never planning to. I told her that self-publishing is the way of the future and that even many well-known authors of the day are choosing to go this route. Nevertheless, I told her to do as her heart desired and not to listen to the voices. I really believe she has a talent–how many of you have a talent that the voices are keeping at bay?  How many great writers are not yet sharing their stories because of life getting in the way?

S.W. Biddulph

Scott Biddulph is a published writer, author, and poet from North Georgia. He began writing as a youngster and followed his lifelong dream of reaching people through the written word when he returned to The University of North Georgia in 2013 to finish earning his BA/English with a concentration on publication and creative writing. His publications include the following: an eBook, Apples of Gold: A collection of inspirational short stories and poems (Smashwords, 2010) and a paperback, Voices from the Heart, (Createspace, 2012). His poetry is published in Papers and Publications Undergraduate Research Journal. Vol 3 (2014) and the award-winning Chestatee Review (Spring, 2015), among other places (Check his LinkedIn profile for a full list of his publications). He is currently working on publishing poetry, creative non-fiction, academic essays, and his memoir. ******** Scott has also worked as an intern editor for the University of North Georgia Press. As a freelance editor, he has done the layout and design of several books and magazines. He is currently working with several authors on various publication projects in which he is either ghostwriting, editing manuscripts, or doing the layout and design of their books. ******** Finally, and most importantly, he is a father, grandfather, husband, and dedicated Harley Davidson rider. He and his family enjoy the beauty of the North Georgia Mountains where they live—especially their screened in back porch where they love to bird watch. ******** ~ "I love realism. I love writing about the raw, down-to-Earth, heartfelt realities of life. I love to write in a way that reaches into the human soul—to take the greatest pains and struggles in life, and make them a blessing to others. Fantasy is a wonderful, interesting thing—but real-life situations, feelings, fears, and dreams are an unexplored ocean of stories that need to be told." ~ ~Scott Biddulph~

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