“The only wrong system of writing is to not write.”—Hugh Howey
Read this comment every day. But, guys… get real…. Women do worry about all those little tasks – walking the dogs, doing the laundry, vacuuming, cooking, washing the dishes, homework – kids’ reports and posters, math, basketball games and swimming. We don’t have a staff (or a wife). The tasks call out our names, and rather loudly. So, I want to follow this advice, truly; I’ve driven to write, yes, but I have to make time. I do make time, but sometimes it’s only for two hours. And, I try not to worry about money, but sometimes I do. I wonder if people are buying. I wonder if people are reading it and loving it. I wonder if I’ll ever make a living off it. I love the stories I create, but….
I know I’ll keep writing. I’ll find the time… no… make the time to create every day. Some writing days will whiz by and I’ll look up and see the day has drifted by. Other days, I’ll squeak in as much as I can, but the story will move on. And the new story is a doozy – an evolving beautiful mess right now.
So, I’ll try not to worry about my stats, ranking, money, or other peoples’ stats, ranking and money or really poor works that make more than me (Huge sigh). I’ll keep moving forward. I’ll focus on the new story. After all, it’s a new year and that’s where my head should be. And, it should always be a lot more fun to create something new. The old book is old news. So get on with it! (Okay, so look at all that stat stuff once a week – no more!)
Focus on the blog. Focus on the words. Focus on the gory details. (That’s my new mantra.) Stamp that huge time stamp for the completion date inside your head. But don’t stress about it – if you don’t make the deadline. Get it right, don’t rush. Do many, many rewrites. Just keep writing!
Keep having reunions with old friends and learn something new. Make new friends. Keep the thoughts alive! Write!
But, when things get in the way… here are a few cool quotes to think about:
Jose N. Harris, MI VIDA: A Story of Faith, Hope and Love:
“There comes a time in your life, when you walk away from all the drama and people who create it.
You surround yourself with people who make you laugh. Forget the bad, and focus on the good.
Love the people who treat you right, ignore the ones who don’t.
Life is too short to be anything but happy.
Falling down is a part of life, getting back up is living.”
Chris Hardwick, The Nerdist Way: How to Reach the Next Level (In Real Life)
Regarding: News media focusing on everything bad that happens:
“It is…entirely your responsibility to make yourself feel better. No one is going to do it for you…. Look for good news.” Check out this site each day: http://www.happynews.com/
“You have the power to choose what you notice.”
“Open the drapes in your brain and let the light in.”
“Shape your reality….Find the good news and what motivates you and inspires you….You are not a helpless victim of your emotions.”