It's a discouraging state of affairs, and one I'm inspired to improve after attending a class/discussion group on blogging last night with genuinely accomplished blogger & writer Kate Harding, at Story Studio Chicago (a terrific resource for you fellow Windy City wordsmiths). In that light, I've decided that step one is identifying the most common—well, excuses is such an ugly word; let's call them "perfectly sound and logical counterarguments"—which lead me to abandon a potential piece of writing:
- Somebody must have already made this exact point. Probably better. And if not, they will.
- The DVR's at, like, 64%.
- What sentient, literate being would ever even want to read this misshapen jumble of quarter-baked doofusery??
- Hey, 18 new tweets!
- Yup. This is it. This one would wake them all up to the reality that I am a hack and a charlatan. It must be buried and forgotten. The illusion of my competence must live another day!
- Welp, this Dragon Age quest ain't gonna play itself.
Other creative types, please feel free to chip in with your own favorite self-defeating tactic.