Hello everyone. I hope you’re all having a wonderful start to February. January was a long old month (it always seems to be for me.)
I’ve attempted to jump into planning my novel over the last few weeks (at times I have been able.) I am discovering the power of yes and no.
I’ve previously not had a good track record when it comes to my writing time. I don’t always protect it. It has been easy for me to say ‘I’ll write some tomorrow.’
I am the queen of procrastination.
I think a lot of this is down to my attitude. I don’t see myself as a writer and so I reason with myself and say it doesn’t matter. Well, guess what… it does matter. It matters a lot.
One big lesson I am trying to take on board this week is the power of yes and no.
YES, I will make time to get to a specified word count so I gradually build my first draft. YES I will keep myself to that promise.
NO, I won’t sit down and watch box sets or let myself get distracted as easily until I have written some words down. No, I won’t keep telling myself I’m not a writer.
Writing needs to be approached as a job would be. It needs that respect.
Taking yourself seriously as a writer will go a long way toward keeping that writing habit. Giving yourself a reward each day I find also helps.
To all the new writers, learn when to say yes and no. Give yourself a chance to try.
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