Writers Horoscope January 2: Today, you do one thing…

that scares you.

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I picked up a journal with that message **in early 2017 and there were days I was scared to even pick it up since it was filled with nudges to leave my comfort zone.

And there it was last Friday.

As usual, with my usual random selection approach to consuming books, I turned to an unused page.

This one featured a quote by Henry David Thoreau:

We must walk consciously only part way toward our goal, and then leap in the dark to our success.

And, son of a gun, if I didn’t do just that when, in a Facebook group, I solicited input from fellow teachers for a long-simmering book idea.

After all, in 2018, why not you?

Just lift yourself up from the chair. That’s step one. And see what happens.

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Leap Photo by Jeremy Bishop on Unsplash

Chair photo by Michael Nunes on Unsplash

 


**Yep, an affiliate link that won’t affect the item’s price. Just an experiment on my part.

 

Writers Horoscope for October 22: Today, it’s nose to the grindstone.

Even if you need some help from a few friends.

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Whether it’s prep for National Novel Writing Month or taking a team approach to knock off ‘Finish This Damnable Project!’ list items, order up some pizza, Cheeto’s, and wet wipes. Beverages? Keep ’em straight. You want to be able to find your keyboard, after all.

That’s the fuel for Round 1.

And the payoff for persistence?

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And there may be even *greater* rewards for that extra-extra effort.

 

 

Writers Horoscope for October 20: Today, you’re open to distraction.

Here it comes…big time.

National Novel Writing Month

And while it will be a distraction from your daily slog, perhaps this is just what you need…a distraction from your daily slog!

There’s plenty to be learned from this unedited dive into verbosity. But don’t take my word for it…

Why You Should Participate in NaNoWriMo, Too!

Come join the writers horoscoper in this 30-day launch into the unknown.

Writers Horoscope for October 18: You rise above nagging fear today.

 

  • “Do you really want to offer readers a peek into the real you?”
  • “That editor doesn’t want to read your query, much less your manuscript.”
  • “That subject’s been covered ad nauseum.”

Yep, the voice of hindrance is back.

What to do? Simplify your task. Focus on process, not product. And these eight other ways to Harness Your Fear and Fuel Your Writing. [Thank you, Sage Cohen]

Want to stay brave?

Here is a go-to daily kick-in-the-seat-of-the-pants book you might be interested in. [Gee, that may have just set a world record for number of hyphens in a single sentence. Very dashing of me**, I must say.]

Do One Thing Every Day That Scares You by Robie Rogge and Dian Smith

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This just in from the ‘exhibit a little fearlessness’ department, a fellow writer from a Facebook group dared us to share her post. So I am. [I’m guessing her timing is meant to coincide with Breast Cancer Awareness Month, though, of course, the message applies all year.]

Certainly, in the most difficult moments of life you realize who your true friends are and which ones really appreciate you.
Unfortunately, like most friendships, FB friends will leave you in the middle of a story. They will post a “like” for the story, but in reality they do not take time to read your post if they see it’s lengthy. More than half of you have already stopped or will stop reading right here. Some may have already scrolled on to the next post in their feed.
Well, I decided to post this message in memory of other family and friends who this awful disease has taken, or is affecting at this time.
It will be interesting to see who will take the time to read this entire post; a little test just to see who reads, and who shares without reading.
If you have read everything so far, select “like” so I can put a thank you in your profile.
Cancer is a very invasive and destructive enemy. Even after the end of treatment for cancer, the body is still ravaged and fights with itself in an attempt to reconstruct and repair the damage caused by radiation, chemotherapy and other agents used to combat the disease. It’s a very long process. Wouldn’t you think it would be nice to see who can relate to what someone is going through?
If you , like me, know someone who is fighting cancer, or if you know someone in remission, or knew someone who sadly lost the battle, please honour them by copying and pasting this post on FB.
I DO believe a select few of my friends will re-post this, to show their support for their family/friend who may be struggling.
COPY and paste – NOT – SHARE this post.
I’d like to know who took a minute from their day to read this and took a second minute to think about and honour that “someone”.
I did. I hope you do too.


** Believe me, inserting that pun took a fair amount of courage as well. ;->