Writing Ahead, Planning for Adventures

I just wrote a long post. You won’t see it until Tuesday at 5pm.

I know many of you do this, writing posts ahead and scheduling when they will publish. It feels a little strange to me. I guess I use this blog as a place to reflect on the immediate emotions and ideas that pop into my head. Perhaps it means my writing suffers for it, as I don’t take time to refine. I know that I often go back and fix horrible grammatical errors or really poor wording. But usually my posts just go, pouring out of me in the instant I feel like writing them.

Maybe that’s why my blog only grows at a snail’s pace rather than a cheetah’s.

English: Common variety snail Comment by F. We...

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Well, anyway, I am holding back on this post because it is something I have written to share at Dramatic Adventure Theatre’s Travelogue on Tuesday evening. I plan to read it at this open mike event, if I don’t chicken out. So I’ve timed the post to publish at the same time the event begins. I’m letting you know  now, in case any of my reader’s are in New York City and feel like checking the event out. It’s free.

Gulp! I just invited more strangers. Eek!

Anyway, as I wrote and prepared, my mind took its usual journey into self-doubt.  I questioned whether or not it was good enough. Is any of my writing good enough? I am sharing an essay, should I be sharing poetry? Maybe I shouldn’t share a single thing?

But what is this blog if not a place for sharing–even if some of my work does not live up to my ideals? And why did I take the trip to Slovakia if I am unwilling to explore and follow wherever that journey leaves?

So tomorrow evening my family and I will take a little trip together. First we head to Connecticut to stay with a friend for the evening. Then we take a train to New York City. I am excited for Sarah’s first trip to NYC. She’s excited too, even though it means missing a few days of school.

We don’t really have specific sight-seeing plans for New York. Maybe we will go

The Empire State Building.

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to the Empire State Building. Maybe we will end up somewhere else. We do want to go to the Jim Henson exhibit at the Museum of the Moving Image, because we are a family of puppet lovers.

While I don’t plan on bringing my computer, I think I will be doing a lot of writing on this trip. We will only be away until Wednesday but the possibilities are endless. Meanwhile, to pre-post or not to post, that is the question.

We shall see what inspiration hits.

16 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Barbarann Ayars
    Feb 25, 2012 @ 13:01:16

    How about you just enjoy! Don’t worry any more about what’s right or not. Go with the flow, keep your mind open, trust your gifts and don’t second guess yourself. I look forward to Tuesday.

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  2. orples
    Feb 25, 2012 @ 13:21:12

    Actually, I thinking setting up a post ahead of time, when you know you’ll be busy, is smart. I should be doing that myself, now that I stop to think about it.

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  3. Kathryn McCullough
    Feb 25, 2012 @ 13:44:45

    I’m big into scheduling posts ahead, but it took me months of blogging to even figure out how to do that. Pathetic, I know.

    At any rate, have a great trip. It will be fun introducing Sarah to NYC, I’m sure. I look forward to your post on Tuesday.

    Hugs,
    Kathy

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  4. thelifeofjamie
    Feb 25, 2012 @ 13:52:08

    Dont they say to picture everyone in their underwear? Maybe picture David Beckham in his undies…

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    • Lisa Wields Words
      Feb 25, 2012 @ 13:58:18

      LOL. Never picture people in their underwear. I mean, seriously, if it was someone like David Beckham my innate shyness around men would kick in and I would become a babbling idiot. And, there are certain people that I have no desire to see in their underwear. Ugh! 😀

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  5. Beth Ann Chiles
    Feb 25, 2012 @ 20:45:39

    Sounds like I definitely need to tune in to read that Tuesday post!!! Have fun and enjoy yourself!!! Scheduling posts ahead of time is such a great way to write when you have a moment and a thought and don’t want to publish it right away but want to save it for another day. I schedule most of my posts anymore. Cant’ wait till Tuesday’s post!!

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  6. jfb57
    Feb 26, 2012 @ 05:05:09

    I always worry that the scheduling won’t work! It happened to me once so now even if I’ve pre-posted I always have to check which really defeats the whole thing I suppose. Have a great time & do let me know what we MUST see when we visit in May!

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  7. thepetalpusher
    Feb 26, 2012 @ 20:01:33

    Enjoy!! (Or is it over by now?) I always write ahead and post later. As soon as the idea pops in my head, I do a rough draft. Gosh–can’t get the teacher outta me!

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  8. Victoria-writes
    Feb 27, 2012 @ 07:14:12

    I’m so jealous I love New York! Enjoy!!

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