Amelia Robinson

Hey there! I'm a student at the University of Kentucky and an aspiring writer. This blog serves as an outlet for all the things I want to talk about that are writing-related. I'll post some of my writing, too, for your enjoyment and critique. Thank you for stopping by! If you'd like to know more about me, feel free to visit here!

Dedication and Discomfort

Sunday, June 9, 2013

I was navigating through Evernote on my way to add some new notes to an idea I recently had when I found this:
This is a screen cap of one of Justine Musk's brilliant blog posts.

I like this idea - "experimenting with small actions that fall outside our comfort zone, retreating to the comfort zone to rest and regroup, stepping outside of it again."  I like that, for once, I've been given permission to shamelessly step back in to my comfort zone.  Normally when I hear the phrase to step out of it, I panic.  Because I assume I'm not allowed to step back in.

Having the comfort of knowing I can step back in makes me braver.

"We can learn how to act in the face of it."  To me, this is a brilliant rendition of practice, practice, practice.  That's all I've been hearing for years: you learn to write by writing.  "We can learn how to act in the face of it," packs this moral background that appeals to me.  It's a phrase that applies to life, too, not just writing.

I'm going to try this.  I'm going to try and go through the steps of not being afraid of writing a novel.  So I start with what I can do: a word.  Then maybe hammer out a sentence.  Then sweat through a paragraph.  Then bleed out for a page.  And maybe, by the time I'm finished with the story, I'll be so rough-skinned and battle-scarred that I can howl a triumph war cry.

I like that image.  :)