Instant Gratification

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I’m a sucker for it every time.

My chosen career is IN marketing, and I still find myself duped, hopeful.

I hear Malcolm Gladwell in the back of my mind, reminding me that it takes roughly 10,000 hours of practice to perfect a skill, but patience has never been my strong suit and I want it NOW! I will buy and try anything that promises to help me reach my goals faster.

I’ve bought the weight loss pills (almost every brand), body wraps, funky workout gizmo’s that  promise overnight results.

I thought that slipping on my new pro running shoes would magically increase my time.

The marketing is sooooo good these days that I get sucked right in, thinking that it didn’t work last time, but this time is different…need said item because it will make me better.

And so here I am, teetering in the same boat with Scrivener. I have the trial. I’ve used it sparingly so to not waste the precious hours before Nanowrimo. Just enough to get acquainted with it so I’m not puttering around trying to figure out all the bells and whistles while I’m trying to hit my daily word count.

Something keeps telling me that Scrivener is going to make my book better, make me a better writer, increase my efficiency – write the book for me!? I won’t be able to get it done without it!!!!

And then I hear Malcolm Gladwell again, pulling me by the ponytail, reminding me that people used to actually write whole novels with pen and paper. Dipping their fountain pens into jars of inky blackness. They are the Classics. No empty promises, nothing fast, or efficient. Just time, an idea, and perseverance – and most likely 10,000 hours.

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We read to learn, to feel, to laugh, to understand others. We write to teach, express, communicate, to inspire others. I created Invisible Ink as an outlet of sorts, an area where I can organize the chaos; a place where hopefully I can be true to myself, and my readers. Writing is personal, it takes a brave and dedicated soul to formulate a piece and then share it with the world. That being said, I get just as much out of reading other's work as I do sharing mine ( I am always open to manuscript review swaps, just send me a message). Words read off a page evoke emotions. When taken out of context, or through an out of focus lens - anyone can mold the words, shifting their meaning to fit their agenda or distorted outlook. Staying true to form and myself, I won't censor my content, but I will censor my audience. Whatever lens you happen to be reading this through - I hope you enjoy!

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