Five Minute Friday: TRY

“No! Try not. Do, or do not. There is no try.” – Yoda

And that’s about the size of it.

Any time I “tried” to do something I ended up not doing it.


Because within the word “try” is an out.

Try writing a novel sometime … after page 20 the idea runs dry, and because you said, “I’ll try,” you feel like it’s okay not to finish it.

Try growing a garden. When the weeds get overwhelming (right around the beginning of August) you think, “Well, I’ve done pretty well for this year …” and you walk away.

Or maybe it’s just me.

Maybe “try” has meant “half-hearted effort” all these years – to me.

Well, I had to change that. I don’t try anymore. I don’t “attempt”. I don’t “play with the idea.”

I do.

“Just do it.”

“Don’t think. Just do.”

So, I’m finishing the second rewrite of my novel. I’m doing it. I have to send it out to my beta readers. They are tired of hearing me say, “I’ll try to get it to you by the end of the month,” and stuff gets in the way. I let stuff get in the way.

“Try” is a whimpy word that lets me fail.

“Try” is for the playground, not the Olympic field.

Might seem harsh, but there is it.

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18 thoughts on “Five Minute Friday: TRY

  1. says:

    Thanks for your comments. You’re probably right about Yoda being wrong … and I must admit I use the word try as an excuse. Blessings on your writing!

  2. Try does give us an out. Sometimes we need to tell ourselves to “do”… I think that’s Yoda’s wisdom.

    Other times, I feel like the past tense “tried” is ok, when I didn’t “do” something completely and failed to accomplish the goal…that’s when “try” is acceptable.

  3. Congratulations on pushing through the second draft! The first novel I wrote, I did 8000 words in a couple of days…and then nothing at all for six months. Then went back and finished it, including rewrites, in another month (I was teaching then, and finished the thing at the beginning of summer break).

    I think, though, that Yoda was wrong. To try is to do, because it’s the road that teaches. Destination is mere closure.

    #1 at FMF this week.

  4. says:

    You have a great weekend too! I love Five Minute Friday! Gets me going … encouragement with a little push … Blessings!

  5. says:

    Thank you Cindi! Thanks for visiting – great to see you here – I Love WordPress! LOL!

  6. says:

    I don’t think it’s your problem. I think it’s on my end. I’ve had a few issues with others that are posting. Thanks for letting me know!

  7. Jolene says:

    I am sorry that I posted my comment 3 times. I kept on getting an error. (I think I need to update Internet Explorer) and I wasn’t sure it posted. 🙂

  8. says:

    Thanks for reading … you are right … I’m the worst at following through. Most of my problem comes with too many irons in the fire … but now I’m Finishing. I find a project and I either toss it, give it away or finish it. Tough lesson. Blessings on your writing!

  9. says:

    Wow. Thank you, Susan! I kinda hope I don’t offend people, but then I end up double thinking and over-editing and sanitizing the things that need to be said … Come back soon!

  10. I agree, it’s easy for “try” to become an excuse for half-hearted commitment. It is important to take responsibility and follow through if we plan to do something. Visiting from FMF#11.

  11. Thank you for this reminder. It reminded me of when I say I am going to try to make a change. Either I am going to make a change or not. I am stopping by from Five Minute Friday.I hope you have a good weekend!

  12. Thank you for this reminder. It reminded me of when I say I am going to try to make a change. Either I am going to make a change or not. I am visiting from Five Minute Friday.I hope you have a great weekend!

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