Here I am again after a year of pause and reflection!
Over the past year, I’ve read a lot of articles on blogs. They were, for the most part, very good; they gave a lot of ideas and advice on all aspects of writing.
I’ve written a lot. I reworked; my texts, the choice of words, the tone, the syntax; looked for the best photos, retouching them, creating montages… to, finally, never push on the ”publish” button.
Being told and told over and over again; when to write, how to write, what, how many words; how important it is to have impeccable language and content that must be perfect, at what time I should publish. I have come to stop publishing and wait for perfection. For whom and why? I don’t know.
But, is it really that bad if it’s not perfect every time? What if I don’t always have long texts and perfect photos? If my English is more Québécois than what is suggested?
Honestly? No, it’s okay. And that, I discovered it when I read Anick Lemay’s notebooks in the web magazine Urbania. I really liked her writing style. She writes her texts as if she were sending you a letter, to you, her old friend. If you haven’t had a chance to read her story (she found out she had cancer), check out Urbania’s website, it’s really worth it.
I spent more time fine-tuning than I spent writing. In the end, I wasn’t tempted to write anymore, and I think it’s sad. I had put so much effort into setting up a website that I found beautiful…
Then summer arrived, with its beautiful big sunshine and warm days, the garden, the flower beds…
When you live in Quebec and are wrapped up five months a year. It feels so good to go out and feel the sun … So much happiness! And I took full advantage of it!
I sincerely believe that it was a break that was beneficial. I have started writing again and I have several projects in mind that I look forward to show you to.
Thank you for being here and see you soon,
Dane : -)