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I SUCK!

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To let you know a little bit about 25-year-old me, I suck at writing – not so much the grammar or the clever way I string words into an aesthetically pleasing sentence but in my originality and imagination.  As a child, I had not a care in the world.  I believed in anything that anyone told me (not because I was naive but because I am a believer) and I came up with at least 1,000 story ideas every day.

Now I have 271 projects sitting on my desk, simply waiting to be completed and I don’t have the heart or the imagination to finish them.  These are childhood stories that I never did sit down to complete and now I almost feel as if they are better left in the dust of my filing cabinet.  They are tales that I poured my heart and soul into as a child and I feel now as if I have no heart or soul left to give to them.

I recently had one of the greatest writing experiences of my life, however.  I had the opportunity to listen to a talk presented by Elizabeth Gilbert, the author of Eat, Pray, Love.  During this talk, Elizabeth discussed the muse at great length.  She even discussed how while writing Eat, Pray, Love she was having feelings of despair believing it would be the “worst book in the world.”  She said, during this time, that she looked into an empty corner of her office and addressed her muse directly.

She informed her muse that, if the work was terrible, she was not the only one to blame.  She said that she was working as hard as she could every day, waking up at the same time and forcing herself to write.  She guilted the muse into being there for her by saying aloud “I would please like the record to reflect today that I showed up for my part of the job.”  If you are interested in the entirety of the talk (about 20 minutes), you can see it here.

Well, these last few years, I have forgotten myself.  I have failed to show up for my part of the job for years and my muse has been the one to give up on me.

From this day forward, I make this commitment.  I will show up to write every day if my muse will promise to forgive me and give me another chance.

- Paul Scott

 
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Posted by on April 4, 2011 in Personal

 

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NaNoWriMo – Halfway Point

National Novel Writing Month

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Today I reached my halfway point (25000 words) on my novel for NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), which puts me 2 days ahead of schedule.  Hopefully this pace continues so I can finish by Thanksgiving Day and be able to relax with my family.

I encourage all my friends, family and readers to take the NaNoWriMo challenge.  Nothing beats the rush of accomplishment when you sit down and write every day.  Also, the NaNoWriMo organization is always accepting donations to support the staff that takes such good care of us writers.  You can make a tax-deductible donation by visiting the NaNoWriMo Donation Station.

My thanks in advance to anyone who is willing to donate their hard-earned money to serve such a noble cause.

- Paul Scott

 
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Posted by on November 13, 2010 in Productivity

 

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Hero to the Creative Mind, Issue 1: Gary Buslik

Today has been quite an inspirational day for one reason or another and I wanted to share an article I read back in May of this year that inspired me to follow my childhood dreams and passion…damn the price!

The article talks about Gary Buslik, a passionate and creative man, who graduated from college with an English degree, though he’d been telling his parents he was pursuing a degree in law.  According to http://www.arottenperson.com, “his mother cried for weeks and his father strode around the house ranting, ‘Big man!  He knows the parts of speech!’”

He later began an alarm company in Chicago that excelled so high as to make him around half a million dollars a year.  It sounds like the success story that we all dram of…but Gary hadn’t reached his success yet.  Gary decided that he wasn’t happy with that life and sold his business to return to school.  He attended the University of Illinois where he graduated with a Ph.D. in English.

Gary now works at the University of Illinois in Chicago as a professor and writes books on the side making a simple $13,500 a year.  Now that is true success!  Money isn’t everything and sometimes we get caught up in “keeping up with the Joneses” and forget what our dreams and passions are.

Read the full article on CNN MoneyDitching a $500,000 Salary to Teach Lit

I thank God that there are men as brave and courageous as Gary Buslik who chose to do what he loved instead of making a fortune, which he was obviously very capable of making.  Thank you, Gary Buslik.  You have inspired me to follow my dreams to the end – wherever that may be!

- Paul Scott

 
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Posted by on November 2, 2010 in Inspirational

 

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