Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!
Ninja Alex J. Cavanaugh is the founder of the IWSG
Our Twitter is @TheIWSG and hashtag #IWSG
Something new has been added this month to make IWSG Day more fun and interactive! Every month, we'll announce a question that members can answer in their IWSG Day post. These questions may prompt you to share advice, insight, a personal experience or story. Include your answer to the question in your IWSG post or let it inspire your post if you are struggling with something to say.
July 6th question: What's the best thing someone has ever said about your writing?
Alex's co-hosts for July 6 are Yolanda Renee, Tyrean Martinson, Madeline Mora-Summonte , LK Hill, Rachna Chhabria, and JA Scott!
TAKE TIME TO SMELL THE ROSES
Just a couple of thoughts today. For a while I was frustrated. No matter how hard I worked I never seemed to accomplish anything. Every day I made my list of things to do, my writing and other tasks. At nighttime, more than half of them were still not done.
Then one day, that little light bulb in my head blinked on. If I didn't finish writing that chapter today, who would care? There's always tomorrow, as Scarlett would say. If I didn't vacuum the carpet, the cats did not care. They'd just mess it up anyhow. If I neglected to Tweet today. The birds would still be there when I had time. If that book review did not get written, who would know? And on and on.
So, here's what I did. First I cut my list of to-do things in half and spread them out through the week, instead of all in one day. Then I spend more time walking and enjoying God's beautiful world. And yes, I give the cats more attention.
And you know what. I'm writing more pages a day, since I'm not stressed about it. And I'm enjoying watching the baseball games or whatever and actually checking off the goals I accomplish each day, though they are fewer than before. At least they're done.
So if you're stressed and pulling all your hair out, take time each day to smell the roses. You'll be glad you did.
Don't forget the contest I mentioned on Monday to win those lovely playing cards.
Happy reading. (And smelling the roses or daises, if you prefer.)