I think we’re probably about two-thirds through what is my summer because summer ends for me when school is back in session and I finally finished something. Yay! I did write a few articles over the summer for GAK but I’ve been working on a real story for a while and yesterday I finally finished it. It may need some fine tuning and it needs to be typed and submitted but it is written. I’m still so old school that I often write my stories in a notebook. I can just write my story on a laptop but I like the feel of paper and pen. It’s just a preference for me.
Finishing things does not come easy for anybody. Starting projects is fun but after a while they can get boring or not work out the way we had hoped. Also, I tend to overthink. Well, this will probably be rejected anyway. Nobody will want to read it. It sounds kind of weird. When I was writing it, I thought it was great but now that I’m re-reading it, it’s kind of lame. On and On. I really do beat myself up quite a bit.
I really have to look back at what I’ve accomplished so far to spur me on to the next step. Our church has that motto: taking your next step. We all need to do that. Take the next step. We don’t have to make a giant leap, just a step.
Next week I will again be MIA. I am taking a little half week break to stay with my dear daughter and beloved grandson. Be back in two weeks. Until then, finish something.
I have to admit I get a little disenchanted with my writing this time of year. I’m not sure why. It’s summer. I want to be out and about doing fun things, not cooped up in the house writing. Not to mention that it’s hot, and it tends to drain my energy. Yes, I have air conditioning in the house, but after a long day’s work, I just don’t feel much like writing.
There’s a lot of reasons why summer just doesn’t seem to fill me with motivation. So I decided to list some motivational tools to help others who are going through the same thing.
- Start a brand new project. Sometimes the old projects get boring, so a new endeavor can spur you on to write.
- Use the five minute plan. I’ve talked about this before. Decide to write for five minutes. If you are still motivated, write for five more minutes.
- Journal. Here’s another thought I’ve harped on before. If you don’t have a story you feel like writing or adding to, just write your thoughts down. It may motivate you to write other things, and it’s good practice.
- Reward yourself. Decide on a special treat after you’ve finished writing. Then give yourself some pats on the back. Rewards work with kids and adults.
- Go somewhere specifically to write. Sometimes a change of scenery can start the creative juices flowing.
- Free yourself from distractions. Don’t answer your cell. Don’t open the door. Don’t check facebook. Shut the door and write. Don’t even throw the ball to the dog. (I have that problem when I’m sitting down to write.)
- Write a whole story in one sitting. Challenge yourself. I know this sounds hard but you really get a sense of achievement when you finish something. Try not to stop until the story is done. Work on fine tuning later.
- Add a chapter. Add just one chapter to the novel you are currently working on. It’s forward progress and it feels good.
- Write something completely different than you usually write. Again, it’s fresh and fun and you might be surprised that you actually like writing in a new kind of way.
- Practice whenever you can. Read a news story. Write about it. Watch something on tv. Write about it. Read a book. Write about it. These projects are actual things. They are called book and movie reviews and editorials. They are fun and helpful to developing your writing skills. Even try writing a review on a product you bought on Amazon or a recipe you liked. There you go. Take one or all or make up your own. Just write.
I’ve had a brief hiatus from writing and my blog and I’m itching to begin my journey once again. For those of you who have been keeping up with my “new adventure” I’m now a grandma, and I spent a wonderful week keeping Miles and his mommy company last week. He had his first doctor visit and his first professional pictures and I’m so excited to add this bundle of joy to my life. I’m certain he’ll be in many future blogs.
I started writing again this week. I worked on an article for my favorite ezine, Guardian Angel Kids on Halloween pumpkins and if you are interested, you can click on the link, and read my article in July’s issue about Grandpas and Grandmas in school. It’s a very interesting concept and hopefully will be picked up by other preschools and homes for the elderly. Grandparents should never be obsolete. They have so much love to give.
I also was able to be published in Enchanted Conversation the mid-summer issue. This is a fairy tale magazine, and I love to write fairy tales. My story is the continuing saga of Sleeping Beauty. Check it out.
Last but not least, I have been interviewed by a good writing friend from the UK on her blog. I’m very excited to be included. Check it out here The interview lists some of my hopes and dreams, reasons for writing, etc , etc.
So, lots of news. Hope to have some more good news in the future. This has been a good bunch of weeks for me. I’m finishing off with a plug both for early reading and my grandson, Miles. He’s a sweetie. Never to young to begin the reading journey.