Even if it’s that chapter you finally finished yesterday, despite concerted efforts from a family member. If you finished it, that’s success.
Just don’t overdo it. A sugar-high can be an ugly thing.
Success is a journey, not a destination.
The doing is often more important than the outcome.
A book I like on success and ‘getting stuff done’: The One Thing by Gary Keller. [No, I don’t always heed the advice, but it serves to get me back to the essentials.]
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You don’t always have to write first thing in the morning.
Seek adventure that might spur a whole new plot, a new series of blog posts, even a misdemeanor on your up-to-now unsullied criminal record.
Be open to possibility.
Newspaper’s…store sign’s…blog post’s…everywere you look, you see typographical error’s, subject-verb disagreement’s, and multiple misuse’s of the apostrophe.
Your wundering if its a plot to drive you nut’s. **
What to do? Cease and desist reading hard or Web copy?
Or, for a measure of writerly catharsis, whip out a red pen at the coffee shop and have at the local rag. [Do resist intrusive rants and violent shredding, and you might consider an iced frappa-soya-chino instead of the lawsuit-inducing 16 oz. dark roast .]
Or just shrug and forge ahead, secure with the guiding light of Warriner’s English Grammar and Composition rules.
**Count the number of errors in the bold text and let me know in the comments how many you’ve detected. If you’re really intense, copy/paste the text in the comment box and paste in little dagger emojis next to the errors.
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Age-old wisdom from golfing instructors: “Keep your head down.”
It works with first drafts too.
Head down. Or at least away from the screen.
The misspelled ‘their’…the extra space at the end of a sentence…the ‘angle’ instead of ‘angel’? Fixable.
‘Drift’ in your draft? Not so fixable. Ditto that feeling you’ve been through a grinder after your daily 1000 words.
Remember: Head down. [You can sweat the ergonomics later.]
Typical victim of EAYD [Edit-As-You-Draft].
At least his head’s down…
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In other words, don’t blame the tools.
Though there is something to be said for an occasional mindfulness minute or stretch break. [Not a bad idea, however, to warn others of your upcoming ‘private time’. They’ll thank you for that.]
Enough with the multitasking already! It doesn’t even exist. And what you are doing (current terminology: context switching) is stealing brainpower.
Consider these drawbacks:
- You have a lower IQ. [This would explain your predilection for Dora the Explorer reruns to finishing that chapter from John Gardner’s The Art of Fiction.]
- You reduce your memory. [Uhhhh…you’re on this page because you clicked a web link to get here. ;->]
- You damage your brain. [Listen, your teens and 20’s are ruthless enough. No sense piling on.]
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There’s a not-so-fine line between publishing and defacing.
Besides, ink-on-wall is so limiting…so 20th century. Today, join the digital age.
It’s possible you’re losing sight of your writing goals.
Take a deep breath…that’s it…now put down the compass. The only sharp object you should be working with is a medium point Bic.
Face it–waking up to a sea of pixels and liquid crystals is hardly a warm, embracing welcome to your creative urges**.
So, mix it up.
Get out of the house.
Breathe real air.
Pave a new neural pathway. [Not even sure that’s a thing. It just sounds right.]
Turn off YouTube, fergawdsakes.
**Ever notice that ‘urges’ is easily rearranged to spell ‘surge’? I mean, really, isn’t that cosmic? A surge of urges………eeew-ick, an innocent four-word phrase and we’re thrust into 50 Shades territory…thrust……okay, we’re done here.