I will introduce this newsletter/blog with a previous Twitter post that sums up my relationship with this idea for as long as I can remember.
This project is one of those projects that I have been telling myself for years that I would start. It has taken on many forms and gone through many iterations in my head. Inevitably, I always end up getting in my way. It's a toxic relationship with excuses.
I want to write, but I never considered myself a writer.
I want to write, but I lack formal training or education.
I want to write, but I don't have the time.
I want to write, but I don't want to look like an idiot.
I want to write, but...
The thing is, none of these reasons hold water. They are all just excuses, like my Twitter post, self-deprecating excuses.
I do not want to live in fear, frozen in inaction. It shouldn't even be part of the equation. When you get right down to it, there is only one thing I need to consider.
Do you want to or don't you?
It's not going to be easy, nor should it be. It's not going to be perfect, nor should it be. So do you want to or don't you? Do you want to do the f*cking work?
But not as a writer. As a storyteller.
Consider this my first story.