Wednesday, February 5, 2014

5 Tips for Keeping the Writing Dream Alive

Here's the thing about writing…at least writing for publication…it's exciting and exhausting, invigorating and draining…amazing and overwhelming.

Here are 5 quick tips for Keeping the Writing Dream Alive when all you want to really do is throw in the towel, make some popcorn and binge on Downton Abbey*.

1) Admit you're overwhelmed. No one is going to think any worse of you. The first step to finding a solution to a problem is admitting there IS a problem, right?

2) Prioritize --What's the most important thing on your To Do list? (Hint: It's probably not spending time on Facebook or Pinterest or Downton Abbey.)

3) Spend fifteen minutes DOING your most pressing priority. Don't think about it, or worry about it, or talk about it….DO IT!

4) Don't try to be Superhuman.  Ask for help. Pay for help. Barter for help. Make a deal with the devil if you're so inclined, but don't try to do everything yourself because when you do, you shortchange your priorities.

5) Don't forget why you started down this path. Have some fun with your characters or read something inspiring**. Make a mock-up of a book cover with your name on it, if it helps. Take a minute to focus on what's exciting and invigorating and amazing about the process. (I promise that all of your worries and concerns will still be waiting for you when you're done.)

Now go forth and keep your dream alive!!!

* I've never seen Downton Abbey, but I've heard a lot of people have binged on it.

** Check out this post from my amazing friend Kate Perry.

Tell me Killer Friends: How do YOU keep your dreams alive?

13 comments:

B.E. Sanderson said...

Never watched Downton Abbey. I binge on peanut M&Ms and true-crime shows while reading someone else's words whenever I want to throw in the towel.

Excellent post, JB. You know, of course, that I probably needed this today. I was a total slacker yesterday, and I noticed that as my query count goes up, my word count has gone down. Bleh.

:hugs:

Janet said...

Excellent advice, JB - thanks for posting this!

Like B.E., I've never watched Downton Abbey - my binges include movie musicals and potato chips!

Clarice Wynter said...

Great post!

Silver James said...

Good tips, JB. My problem is when other, pressing duties interfere and I can't put Real Life(tm) on hold. I need to find an off switch for that. LOL

jblynn said...

B.E. -- I wrote it just for you….okay, that's not true, but if I'd known you needed it, I would have written it just for you…that's gotta count for something. ;-)

jblynn said...

Janet -- I'd think bingeing on musicals and potato chips would be dangerous. Do you sing along with your mouth full???

jblynn said...

Clarice -- :-)

Silver -- that would be a handy switch to have ;-)

jblynn said...

Clarice -- :-)

Silver -- that would be a handy switch to have ;-)

Parisa Z said...

I've binged on Downton Abbey. But not because I was avoiding work. (I would never avoid work. Never ever. Promise. Actually. Some work I would and do avoid. But not editing.) ;)

I keep my dreams alive by talking them out with other people when I get stuck! Which is your point #4 and #1 wrapped up in one.

Janet said...

No, JB - I hum along while eating my chips. Only when mouth is empty (and room, mind you) do I belt out the songs :)

Erika said...

I really needed this. I'm just coming back to following my dream. It's amazing how you knew that without ever knowing me. :)

jblynn said...

Janet -- I'm relieved. I worried about your safety. ;-)

Erika -- Awww, I'm glad you found it helpful. Good luck!

Aisyah Putri Setiawan said...

Banned complain !! Complaining only causes life and mind become more severe. Enjoy the rhythm of the problems faced. No matter ga life, not a problem not learn, so enjoy it :)

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