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Forget the long hours, the unbelievable amount of writing, and the constant low-level anxiety about not raising what I’d set out to raise: the hardest thing about this whole campaign by far was sitting down to write the defining, outward-facing piece.
I’ve been turning various pieces of this idea around in my head for well over a year, more like a year and a half. I’d drafted rough copy, made lists, secured help with various pieces of the production and (my usual least-favorite thing) asked for favors in the form of goods and services for the perks. I’d even shot a video, with the help of good friends. And still, writing and then hitting “publish” on that IndieGoGo site was the killer.
I’m not sure why this should surprise me. I go through the same thing when the long shadows provided by time finally disappear and I can no longer put off the actual writing of that column, that article, that presentation. And delivery, whether it’s a “send” or a step up to the mic in real time, never gets easier. Not even as I get more adept at the writing. The bar just moves up a notch.
It will never, ever be perfect, whatever it is. It will never even be as good as I want it to be, most likely.
But one thing is even more certain than that: if I don’t start, it won’t be. And that is no longer acceptable.
And so I start. Again.