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This month's question: What steps have you taken or plan to take to put a schedule in place for your writing and publishing?
Like New Year resolutions, which I generally set but also, generally, fail to achieve (or not all of them), that's been the story of my writing, as well. I work pretty hard at it, but definitely not hard enough and definitely not consistently enough to determine the race, start strong, stay on track, reach the goal line, bust through it and win the prize.
Confession: I get hung up at not one, but several, of the later junctures.
Why does this happen? Apparently, it's because I do not stay in control of my thoughts.
Apparently, we all have negative self talk. We might say such things as, "I'm not ready." "I don't feel like it." "I'm sick today." "My mind's too foggy today." "It's beyond me." "It's too hard." Etc.
According to Eric Maisel, (Coaching the Artist Within), whenever we hear negative self-talk, we need to replace it with an affirmation: "I'm off to create." "I can handle this." "I trust my resources." "I'm ready." "One step at a time."
The steps I am taking to put a schedule in place for my writing and publishing are as follows:
- Map out when I want to finish my revision. That means I need to figure out how many pages need to be revised each day to finish according to plan.
- Become more aware of my negative self-talk and replace it with an affirmation.
My affirmation will be: "I will not allow distractions to keep me from reaching my daily writing goals."
Put positively: "I will reach my daily writing goals no matter what."