It's All About the Hugs
|My new daily mantra!|
Previously on Burggraf’s Blog...
…feeling overwhelmed with my novel rewrites… where do I start?... how do I start?... why am I finding this so difficult… where’s my motivation?
It’s so easy to get bogged down with negative thinking, especially when a task seems too huge to tackle. Negative thinking hinders progress and creativity, and increases anxiety.
When I first got my novel back from my editor, I was so excited and loved reading all the comments, track changes, reports and analysis. She’d done a fab job. But once I realized the huge amount of work left to do, before I could showcase my work, the fear set in – I shrunk away from the task, making every excuse not to sit, focus and get the job done. I needed a nudge and so I reached out – in walks in my fabulous daughter with her incredible mind, excellent motivational skills and big loving hugs.
It didn’t take long to get my mojo back and be reminded of some of my own writerly rules:
1. Don’t forget the fun factor and laugh (a lot).
2. Set yourself achievable targets – you can always keep going beyond set target.
3. Read – a lot (anything and everything).
4. Listen to advice from the experts – editors, fellow authors, critique partners.
5. Remember, writing is a long-term learning process – don’t expect to know everything, and allow yourself to make mistakes.
6. Don’t be afraid to seek help/advice when needed – reach out to the writing community (they’re a lovely bunch!).
7. Talk through ideas with someone you trust to be honest and helpful.
8. Support other writers – offer to host blog posts, write reviews, visit and comment on other blogs/social media, join Insecure Writer’s Support Group.
9. Stay sane! Don’t isolate yourself too often – get out and meet people and stay in touch with the world.
10. Remind yourself regularly of your accomplishments and be proud of them.
Do you have your own writerly rules? Who do you turn to when you need a boost?