Self deprecating humor, solid advice

I decided to revisit a post I wrote back in 2016 and update it a little bit. When I started blogging, I used a self deprecating title and tagline to catch the reader’s eye —advice from WordPress’ Blogging 101 course. It was fun for a while, but in time I chose to make the blog more professional and eliminate the silliness. The blog was called: Meg Sorick Writes Better Than She Dresses and the tagline read: “She tried to look picturesque but only succeeded in being untidy.” To explain, here is the post I wrote in 2016:

Have you wondered what the deal is with the tagline for my blog: “She tried to look picturesque but only succeeded in being untidy?” It’s a quote from Oscar Wilde’s “A Picture of Dorian Grey” and refers to Victoria, Lord Henry Wotton’s wife. In the scene from which the quote was taken, Dorian is lounging around at Lord Henry’s house waiting for him when Victoria comes in. This is how the narrator describes her:

“She was a curious woman whose dresses always looked as if they had been designed in a rage and put on in a tempest. She was usually in love with somebody, and, as her passion was never returned, she had kept all her illusions. She tried to look picturesque, but only succeeded in being untidy.” There’s more of it, but that’s the bit I like.

I imagine you all read the blog title and the tagline and think to yourself, “that Meg must be a mess.” Well, not true, mostly. For one thing, I rarely wear dresses. Skirts, yes. I can match them with a black t-shirt. My friends and family do roll their eyes at me though, because I tend to wear the same or similar things all the time. But that doesn’t mean I don’t want to look nice, I do. Those fitted black t-shirts from H&M are very flattering. And no I’m not too old to be shopping at H&M. Not for t-shirts, anyway. Besides, I am also cheap.

I guess I don’t easily tire of wearing the same things. I’ve always said I’d do well in an environment where someone told me what to wear. Like the army or prison, maybe. Frankly, it sure makes getting dressed in the morning easier and faster. I will not be the reason you are late getting out the door. Nevertheless, I assure you I am not untidy. I just really find those lines from ‘Dorian Grey’ amusing.

When you think of a writer, what image pops into your head? The disheveled man or woman, still in their bathrobe, sitting at the computer with coffee stains all over their notebooks and crumpled bits of paper strewn across the desk and overflowing the wastebasket? If you write full time, work from home and don’t actually have to see people face to face, would it be easy to slip into that habit? I think it could be. My office is in my home but seeing patients prevents me from sliding down that slippery slope of not bothering.

Imagine what that would do to one’s self esteem after a while. Not getting dressed, not fixing your hair or putting on makeup. Who cares? No one’s going to see me… That’s just one step away from: “I’m not worth it.” I wrote a post in December about treating your writing like a job. Making time for it, being disciplined so that it doesn’t get shoved onto the pile of unfulfilled dreams. Let this advice be another aspect of that discipline: Take care of yourself. Get up and stretch, get some exercise. Come home and shower and make yourself presentable. Wear perfume, just for yourself. Put on makeup so that when you walk by the mirror you won’t be terrified (ok, that’s just me, you probably look fine without makeup). Guys – shave (or at least groom, if your a beard guy), ditch the sweatpants and put on clean jeans and a nice shirt.

Don’t let your writing space turn into a dump, either. Granted, when you’re in the middle of a project, a certain amount of clutter is inevitable but don’t let it get out of hand. Wipe up the coffee stains, empty the wastebasket and whisk the crumbs off the keyboard. Wait till you see how much better that feels. You wouldn’t get away with that if it was your desk in an office building, right? Pretend that it is.

Will these habits help me find inspiration? Cure writer’s block? Help me edit more clearly? I say yes. Don’t believe me? Give it a try.

15 thoughts on “Self deprecating humor, solid advice

  1. Fine! I’ll go shower! LOL
    Seriously though, this is very sound advice. It is easy to let things slide when no one is there to impress. It is always best to remember we want to look our best for ourselves, because WE are worth it, not to impress others.

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  2. This is excellent advice! And you’re beautiful. I’m very similar in that I tend to wear the same kinds of things. I could easily wear the same exact thing or the same things in all the colors and feel fine about it! I sometimes do…

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    1. Aw, thanks, Angela! We are in good company – all the big brains and creative minds of the world tend to have that same tendency to wear the same type of clothes all the time. They are more interested in other things! 😀

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  3. Still good advice. Forcing myself to do things and going out where I’m required to shower and put on some make up is still tough but it keeps me from wallowing. And I know it’s not healthy to just sit and listen to sad songs and look at pictures and weep all day! I’m sure the Effexor I’ve been taking for years is helping me too, 😉. Writing fiction still eludes me but I will get there eventually

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    1. Dee, a period of grieving is exempt from this advice. But eventually getting up and about is the right thing to do. You will get there again, especially with spring coming (soon, I hope!) all my love to you! ❤

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      1. I am getting there. Some days are easier than others. And some times when I have a good day I feel guilty for not thinking about him for hours. I tell myself whatever I feel is fine and normal for me. I need to find my new normal. I know I will eventually. Thank you for being such a great friend!

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  4. Hahaha! I’m with you on not having to decide what to wear. My previous job was “business casual”, and it was a chore every morning. Now, I wear scrubs every day, same color and all. No choosing, no ironing. It’s perfect…and like wearing pajamas all day! 😃

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    1. Yes! When I worked outside of the house, I created a uniform for myself with monogrammed shirts, so all I had to do was pick the next clean one off the pile. So many better things to think about!

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  5. Great advice, and your statement about thriving in an environment where someone tells me what to wear is so true for me, too! I love the Facebook Memories, but it’s scary when I look at clothes I wore 10 years ago and realize that they’re still in my current rotation of clothes, haha.

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