Good Enough

I have what is probably a fairly typical writer’s relationship with what is “good enough,” which is to say, “It’s not good enough.”

Whatever it is.

In some ways, this is a good thing, and I don’t want to lose it entirely; right now, it’s that nudge in my brain that’s saying, “Okay, you now write this well; it’s time to make further progress.  What are you going to do next?”

Without dissatisfaction, there is no progress.

However, while dissatisfaction can make a potent tool, it @#$%^& sucks as a master.  I’m not going to go into detail here, because wow, that would take either a lifetime of therapy or a book series.

Anyway, last night, while on my quest to improve my writing, I was reading Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg, and took a break to freewrite, as recommended.  My pen basically took over the page.  One of the things that came out of it was that I don’t think I’m good enough to deserve to travel.  I remember listening to people’s stories about travelling around the world since I was a kid and thinking, “That’ll never happen to me.  Why should it?”

Well, that can’t possibly be productive.

Every time I travel–even if I’m moving houses–I love it.  The fact is, I don’t need to deserve to travel in order to do it.  Plenty of slaptards go gallivanting about just because they can.  And finally, I am a freelance writer now, and I can travel for business purposes.  Yes, it would probably be better for me if I just broke down and took a vacation, but frankly the idea gives me the heebie jeebies.  Also, I get bored, I don’t have the money, and it still thrills me to be able to write legitimate things off as a business expense..

–Before you laugh at me or tell me how easy it is to travel, have a good look at your own hangups and how easy it is to get around them.  This is part of mine, and if it were easy, I would have done it years ago.  Basically, if I don’t get to hurt myself by telling myself what a loser I am for feeling like I don’t deserve to travel, then I won’t give anyone else permission to do it, either.

So here are the next steps:

  • Get passports for everybody in my family set up.
  • Start saving money for a trip to Scotland (an actual vacation that we’ve been discussing for years), as a priority.
  • Commit to going to GenCon this year and finding a way to sell books there or otherwise make it a business trip.
  • Commit to taking a trip for a writer’s workshop or other writer-training thingy.

Additional suggestions are welcome, although I may have a brief meltdown in which I go, “I can’t do THAT” for a minute.

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