Maybe you can relate to this. A few months ago, I decide to write a book about the art and craft of photography. I’m completely excited and I can’t wait to tell you about it but somehow I manage to sabotage the project before I start writing because it’s this dream I have since I’m five and it’s scary and easier to do everything but put my thoughts on the page. So I keep quiet until now since I have little more than a few pages of notes to show.
We should make a pact. What do you say? Hold me to this little book project and I’ll do the same for whatever secret dream you’ve got in the works. As a point of caution, you won’t want to follow my lead thus far, unless like me, that’s the sort of kick in the ass you need.
10 things not to do when starting a book project:
1. Check out seasons 1 & 2 of Veronica Mars from the library and watch 2-3 episodes in the evening at the same time writer’s block appears.
2. Make chocolate zucchini brownies with the obscenely large zucchini your neighbor drops off because it has to be done. Now.
3. Open your new iPod touch that FedEx drops off in the morning then turn your “precious” (as the Mister dubs it) on. As the rest of the world stops around you, you click straight to the app store and download 9 photo and 2 movie apps, and surrender to the ring, I mean camera.
4. Teach 2 cooking classes in the same week in which you create and test 7 recipes, including homemade stuffed ravioli.
5. Discover when your 4 year-old tells you “Oh Mama. There’s no such thing as magic.” that you’ve failed miserably as a parent and that you must turn your inadequacies around to prove your young pragmatist that magic does indeed exist, just look around you.
6. Find the 19 rolls of film shot on your Tennessee road trip in the mailbox one day then attempt to scan them all with your sluggish photo scanner.
7. Dream up a menu for a dinner party you plan to host next month which leads you down the Pinterest rabbit hole.
8. Start the filing project and office clean-up project you abandoned several months ago since this will require days and days of digging your way out of the boxes of stuff you’ve dragged around since you graduated from college.
9. Turn on Joy Division as you file away and decide to write a letter to your 19 year-old self, yet another rabbit hole.
10. Stop writing every day. This is the most lethal of all and should be moved up to number 1 immediately.