Saturday, February 27, 2016


On Saturday afternoon, I finished writing my entry for the Inspirational Speech Toastmasters contest. I’d been working on it for weeks and thought I finally had it well organized and coherent. After some feedback, I had to admit that it still wasn’t ready to share.

I’ll be competing with a speech I gave last spring, instead (“Stop and Smell the Poop”). I’ll continue to let my newest speech ripen. I can’t wait to share it when it’s finally ready for consumption.

Sweater, Banana Republic (thrifted and gifted). Shirt, Jones New York (thrifted). Skirt, Mural (consignment). Leggings, Express. Boots, Ariat. Sunglasses, Target. Earrings and bag, vintage.

Usually, my speeches and essays flow from my mind, through my fingers, and onto the screen fully formed in one inspirational typing binge. It’s unusual for me to struggle. What’s your writing process like?

When I’m feeling frustrated, a Jasper snuggle always helps.


Sheila said...

I write that way as well - get it all down on paper (or screen), then go back and revise about 2-3 times at the most. I found that writing speeches for Toastmasters was quite a different process, though, because it needs to flow in a verbal way, versus on the page. I always had to do a big rewrite after I tried a speech out loud.

Beefy Muchacho said...

I think writing for a competition is different, even, than writing for a regular club speech, because it needs to be closer to 'fully formed'. Also, I think you're being too critical of your 'unripe' speech.