How’s the Writing?
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I just wanted to pop into your email box and give you some encouragement. Some of you are beating yourselves up this morning. You don’t feel like you’ve done enough writing this week or maybe even over the last few months. If you have written, you are questioning the quality of your work.
These doubts are normal! They are the companions of every writer, from beginner to expert. I’ve been writing all of my life and I still struggle with these same doubts.
The key is to keep writing anyway. If you’ve slacked off, begin again. If you’ve worked hard and made some progress, celebrate.
So many times we give ourselves inhuman goals, thinking we are going to bang out two chapters in day or write a full book in a month. These expectations are cruel taskmasters and make any progress seem unworthy.
I love the last week of August. It’s a great time to step back and reassess your writing goals for the fall.
Ask yourself these questions:
1. What would I love to complete by the end of the year?
2. What will I have to release in my current schedule to fit in the time for writing?
3. Is this goal kind, to me and the people in my life?
4. How can I get this done and live a reasonable life?
Notice the word reasonable. When you are writing, it’s okay if things slide a bit in other areas of your life. Let your house get messy- or have someone else clean up. Eat easy meals. Do whatever you can to streamline the rest of your life while you write.
Know that you won’t be writing your book forever. Some short-term sacrifices are worthwhile if they help you get it done.
I hope you find a bit of time next week to plan your writing for the rest of the year- and that your plan will include kindness. You deserve it!