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Achieve Your Writing Dreams By Creating Momemtum

Do you have a goal, dream or desire in your heart you want to pursue?

Yesterday in my daily writing challenge group, the writing prompt invited us to look back on our writing goals. They suggested we look at our progress and write about what we didn’t expect.

More than a year has gone by since I started the challenge to write daily. I’m in my second year of the writing discipline. I share because the principle applies to any dream you pursue. By sharing my experience, I hope it will encourage you to persist in pursuing your dreams.

Girl writing in journal ID-10029320One thing I didn’t expect is the momentum gained in the challenge to write daily. The longer I meet the writing goals, the more this drives me.

Many times when I’ve been tempted to quit, I cannot because of the momentum. I don’t know how to describe this phenomenon, but action produces action and keeps me going. I miss a day occasionally.

Still, I find it easier to go for it again because of the momentum. At times I want to give it up and quit the challenge, but I cannot. Part of it is because I find writing rewarding. I feel a sense of satisfaction after I’ve made my writing goal for the day.

Other benefits reward me.
I feel a sense of satisfaction of the insight that comes from writing and reflecting on life’s experiences.
Sometimes what I wrote, fits in with one of my stories I want to preserve for my legacy.

Writing daily improves my writing skills. Editing comes easier.

Momentum brings all these benefits.
Action after action creates the driving force and keeps the energy going.

More than a year has gone by since I started the challenge to write daily and now I’m in my second year of the writing discipline.

Discipline is difficult, but it brings rewards. The momentum created by the discipline is a pleasant surprise.

The secret is consistency. Consistency creates momentum. Momentum keeps you going.
The key to developing consistency is finding encouragement, support, and accountability.
For this reason, I created a writing group where you can find encouragement, support, and accountability by clicking here. 
These three factors can help you develop a habit and keep you consistent.

Pursue your dreams with consistent action. Create momentum. You will experience the satisfaction of achieving your goals!

This proverb encourages me and I hope it will you as well in the pursuit of your dreams. “The desires of the diligent will be fully satisfied.” Proverbs 13:4 (NIV)

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Writing Tips – 3 Wisdom Tips to Overcome the Fear of Failure

Let’s talk for a minute about fear. Do you hesitate to write and submit a story for publication or to write a book or a blog post? Maybe you want to write a report or give a presentation or speech, but you feel uncertain about it. Do you want to learn how to write but fear you won’t do it well? Do you hesitate to venture out into a new area with your writing? Or maybe you have some other fears related to your writing.

The fear of failure and rejection can be a hindrance to moving forward with learning how to write, how to write better, or accomplishing your writing goals. Yet being willing to risk is one of the keys to growing in your writing skills and achieving your goals. For sure, if you don’t venture out, you will not be successful. How can you overcome your fear of failure?

Here’s a story that gives us some clues. Sara Blakely is a self-made billionaire from her idea for Spanx, which became a big hit with women and even celebrities. She shared that her father asked her weekly if she had failed at anything that week. If her answer was no, he was disappointed. This is a wise father. He knew that in order to succeed, his daughter needed to be willing to fail.

Sarah shared that she experienced rejection and discouragement along her journey. However, she persisted to the point where she is now extremely accomplished. Not only is she successful herself, but she started a foundation to help women in third world countries with their entrepreneurial ideas so they too can reap the benefits of their innovations.

3 Tips to Overcome the Fear of Failure

  • Fear of failure loses its power over you when you realize that as long as you learn something, you never fail without gaining something.
  • Fear of failure loses its power on you once you realize there is no shame in making a mistake, only an opportunity to gain experience of what works and what doesn’t.
  • Fear of failure loses its power over you when you realize that all successful people fail their way to success. One writer I know posts her rejection slips as proof that she takes action. If she didn’t submit her writing for publication, she would not get rejection notices, but then she also would not have the chance to get published.

You may not succeed when you write something, but you have a chance. For sure, if you don’t write, you guarantee failure.

How about you? Can you set a weekly goal to fail at something in your writing? What would happen if you set this as a goal? We think by shrinking back we protect ourselves, but actually, we hinder ourselves from achieving a new level of growth and experience.

I challenge you to think about something new and risky you can do with your writing this week. What do you think might happen if you did this regularly? Think of all the potential you may unleash if you run toward your goals free from the fear of failure.

What do you think? Does this make sense to you?  What risks are you going to take? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Image: Stuart Miles / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

 

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How to Write: How Can You Profit From the Problems in Your Life?

Do you ever get discouraged with your writing or writing business? Do you get down? Frustrated? What do you do?

I’ve written about the fun and creative part of writing, but there is often another part that goes with the writing journey. Today, I am in a funk. I didn’t sleep enough hours last night. I got discouraged because of some technical problems with my website and email program. I have some ergonomic problems that cause my hands to hurt and backaches etc from sitting too long at the computer in an inadequate chair. In fact, I’ve been in kind of a funk for the last week for these and various other life challenges.

Why am I writing about this? Why am I sharing my “negative” feelings? Well, because I want to help you. I want you to know that it’s okay to be down sometimes. It is part of a normal life experience. Like everyone else, for various reasons, you can end up in a pit of negative feelings. You can run into a wall of discouragement especially when you learn a new skill such as how to write, or when you write a book, learn to develop in a new area of creative writing, deal with the grammar gremlin or do the obligatory writing needed for your work.

Compost Bin

We live in a culture that doesn’t like to admit their struggles, and so people have a tendency to feel isolated and believe they are the only ones who have difficulties. This is not good or helpful for you. One time I saw a quote that said, “We learn how to suffer by watching others suffer.” How in the world are we going to learn how to deal with the negative in our lives if we don’t know how others struggle and watch how they overcome the various obstacles they encounter?

What do you do with your negative feelings and problems in life? My friends have a garbage compost for the garden. They throw out all the garbage on the compost pile and then use it to nurture growth in the garden. Then they harvest beautiful, nutritious veggies. Take your depressing life experiences and put the garbage on the compost pile. Recycle it! Use them in a positive way to support life and nurture growth.

5 Writing Tips to Turn Your Problems into Profit

First of all realize that profit is not only about money but about personal growth and helping others as well. If you keep this perspective, you can profit from whatever comes your way.

  • Write about it. Journal your negative feelings while you feel them. Acknowledge rather than deny your feelings. Let yourself have them. This is wonderful therapy. If you don’t know why you feel funky or how to get through it, many times answers will come as you write. This can also be great material because as you find your way through the dark tunnel, you can help others find the light too.
  • Look for the opportunity in the adversity. If you are a person of faith, pray and ask for help in solving the problems and wisdom on how to use the negative in a positive way. Anyone who asks God in faith for wisdom receives it.
  • Persist despite the discouragement in moving forward toward your goals. Use the things coming against you to actually propel you forward toward a solution instead of hindering you. “The pressure you feel will drive you to find the solutions you need.” Curt Brown
  • Allow the experiences to carve a compassion in your soul for fellow travelers so you can help them along their life journey. There is nothing like a struggle to break down the walls of pride that often separate us. When you can share your life experiences with others, they profit and you profit. Our shared suffering connects us.
  • Use the lessons learned in some way in a positive way. Learn how to add creativity to your blog writing and write a blog post about challenges you faced and how you overcame them. Learn how to write and write a story using the complexity of your feelings for a character to make your story or novel richer. Write a how-to article or book on how to overcome some of the issues you face.

    Turn Garbage into Dollars

    There are numerous ways to turn your trash into treasure. People will pay you big bucks if you can offer them solutions to their problems. Now I am feeling good about feeling bad. LOL!

Well, this is what I did in the midst of my problems in life. I wrote anyway. Did you get that? Wrote anyway! I had a deadline on a blog post I needed to write so I wrote this.

Go Write Now!

What about you? How do you profit from the problems in your life? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

Rubbish Bin Image Grant Cochrane/FreeDigitalPhotos.net
Dollars out of Trash Image Scottchan/FreeDigitalPhotos.net
Sleeping Woman at Computer Image: Ambro/FreeDigitalPhotos.net

 

 

 

 

 

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5 Tips to Nurture Your Creative Side

What do you do to nourish the creative side of you?

Often times you get caught up in the day-to-day routines of life. You work in various capacities, do household chores, take care of kids or parents depending on the stage of life. These tasks are necessities of life but do you do them to the extent that you neglect your creative side?

Recently, I found my creative self in dire need of nurture. I worked long hours to establish an online business, develop three websites, and create an online writing course. Though I wanted to do this and enjoyed much of it, it involved technical tedious “left brain” work, which means you are not always in the creative zone.

After several months, though proud of my accomplishments, I began to get a little burned out with overuse of my left brain. Then I read in one of my writing books that it is important to cross pollinate and develop your creativity in other areas. They stated by doing so, you will come up with new ideas for the things you have to do.

That was all the permission I needed. Gaining that perspective was well timed because I was getting ready to go visit my creative sister, who teaches art. She has successfully established a wonderful business teaching people who don’t know how to draw a straight line, how to draw beautifully.

We have a creative feast when we get together because we both love art and other creative activities. I decided I would learn to draw flowers. At the same time, I also took an online photography class. My whole world began to lighten up!

As I took photos and focused on drawing principles, I began to see correlations between those two arts and the one I had chosen, learning how to write. I felt refreshed as I explored new levels of creativity and it started showing up in my creative writing.

How can you incorporate creativity into your life?

5 Tips to Nurture Your Creative Side

  • Make creative appointments with yourself. Give yourself permission to actually schedule creative activities into your day, week, or even take a creative day once a month.
  • Go to a conference or creative, stimulating event. If you have the resources, you can even schedule a block of time to travel to a conference or workshop in your area of creative interest. Even if you don’t have a lot of resources, often times art shows and local festivals are free.
  • Go to the library and look through art books or gardening, nature coffee table books, magazines on decorating, scapbooking or crafts, anything that stimulates your right brain.
  • Get out in nature. Even something as simple as taking a walk in a scenic area can be refreshing and stimulating to your creative side. Go walk somewhere new or go to a local park and write.
  • Take an offline or online writing course to learn creative writing or further your writing skills. If you can’t travel to a conference on how to write, set aside time at home to take online classes to further expand your creative writing skills. For example, if you want to learn how to write or expand your creativity in writing, you can take my online creative writing course, “How to Write for Fun and Profit” or some other course teaching you how to write.

A healthy person has a balance in their life of work and play. You can even justify this if you need to. Often when you take those times for play and creativity, ideas to solve problems in other areas of your business or home life come to you. When you go to have fun, work happens. With these writing tips, you can certainly justify your creative development.

Creativity needs some structure. Accountability, support and encouragement is a winning formula to achieve your dreams. You don’t have to be stuck, you simply need a desire to express your creativity and a commitment to achieve your writing dreams.,

If you want encouragement, productivity tips and strategies to overcome your fears so you can fully express your creative side, Check out the book I wrote to encourage you, “From Stuck to Success:Conquer Your Fears and Achieve Your Writing Dreams.” 

Don’t simply go through life, nurture the creative side of you and enjoy your life!

How about you? What are you doing to nurture the creative side of you? If you are not, then what promise are you going to make to yourself to do so? Let me know what you think in the comments below.

 

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How to Write: Use Both Sides of the Brain in Your Writing

Have you ever experienced a time when you were so involved in something, you lost track of time? Have you ever been in what they call the “zone?” Are there other times you were exceptionally logical and analytical about what you are doing?

This is because you operate on two sides of the brain. Researchers say, you have two sides of your brain. Your left brain is the thinking, reasoning, analytical and critical part. The right brain is the more creative side, visual, interpretive, intuitive– that is the part of your brain you use when you want to create, relax and enjoy the experience.

You use two different parts of the brain when you create and when you evaluate. They interfere with each other. During the creative process, you will write better if you turn off the critical, analytical part of your brain. When you write your first draft, don’t worry about how you say things. Write freely, go with the flow and enjoy. Don’t worry about punctuation, spelling or grammar. If you want to look up a word or fact, draw a line there or place a star so you’ll know to go back.

This method gets the raw gems out and down on the paper. Then you can go back and refine your treasures. Once you are in the left brain, critical mode, you can rewrite and edit what you have written.

In the beginning, you may be discouraged about how many mistakes you make as you learn how to write. I understand those feelings. However, every writer makes mistakes even experienced writers. Some writers get their books published and even after the edits, find mistakes. That is why we edit and rewrite. Before submitting a piece for publication, it’s essential to send your work to someone else for critiques and edits.

I write 100% better than when I started but I am careful to rewrite and edit my work. After I let my right brain enjoy the writing process, my left brain has a chance to kick in and correct. Even then I still make mistakes. You will probably find mistakes from time to time in my writing and I appreciate your feedback. When have you ever had a teacher or coach offer to let you correct them? LOL! Learn from me, every good writer is willing to receive correction. That is why they say “Every writer is a good re-writer.”

This is the model I encourage you to follow throughout your writing process whether you have been writing for a while or you are learning how to write. First, turn off your left brain and let your right brain, creative side, run free. Enjoy yourself as you write. Second, turn on the left brain and rewrite. You need both sides of your brain to be a good writer. Now that you understand the function of the right and the left brain, use them at different times to produce your best writing.

How about you? What works for you in your writing? I’d love to hear your experience so share in the comments below.

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How to Write: How to Achieve Outstanding Success

At the end of her freshman year, my daughter received four outstanding achievement awards in four of her high school subjects.

One evening soon after, I went on a walk with her and asked her, “What do you attribute your success to?”

“I don’t know,” she shrugged her shoulders.

“Tell me specifically, what did you do that made you successful.”

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