We sit back, in hard times, and wonder – why do I do this?
Most of us write because we’re driven to by the tales and characters percolating over in our brains. We might go absolutely mad if we didn’t let it out somehow!
Compliments are rare in this line of work. Sometimes people will say they liked the book or give a good review, but it’s really very nice to receive an email like this:
“I also wanted to say that your story is very beautifully written and so impactful. I’m grateful to have read it.”
Isn’t that beautiful? Thank you. Thank you.
And, then today,
“By the way, I really liked your story. It had an Edgar Allen Poe vibe.”
Woo hoo! Anyone who knows me understands that I am a Poe fan! I’ve written about, lectured on, and have done my own Poe – Cation
This particular story has not been released yet. “Ghost in Her Room” will be published in Dreamers this summer.
Hold on to those compliments, ladies and gentlemen! I think we need to post them, highlight them, make a giant collage and put it next to our desks for when motivation escapes us.
I know we make new year’s goals, some of which we keep. This year, however, I decided to make summer goals.
Get out more – now that we’re out of quarantine
Start my back burner projects
I’m sure there’s more, but that’s a good start.
SMART Goals need to be specific, so I learned in the Psychology of Motivation class I took last semester. I’ll work on specificity as well as the other things noted in the YouTube video.
I would love to hear other people’s goals!
There are times when you have to be hard on yourself.
Then there are other times when you have to offer yourself a break.
Be hard on yourself if you sit around watching television or playing on social media instead of writing.
Give yourself a break if you’re not feeling well.
Be hard on yourself if you allow yourself to be distracted or blocked.
Give yourself a break if you write something that you later have to delete because it doesn’t work.
You should have expectations of yourself, goals you want to attain, and you should attempt to reach those goals instead of sitting around giving yourself excuses not to try.
But things will go wrong; at times, you will fall short of your goals, you will make mistakes – this is the time to forgive yourself.