Sometimes things get to a breaking point and you can either break or take a step back to figure out where you’ve overstepped.
In my case, I took a step back to find out hat triggered my fall.
I’m the type of person who works on emotions. But, emotions are erratic. Some days I can write all day and enjoy it whilst others not so much.
Results are more familiar with systems than emotions. Usually, the winner is the individual who worked the smartest consistently.
I’ve been promoting this idea of pure hardwork but i have just learnt how important working smart is.
Combine the two and you will be hitting goals daily.
My new plan is currently in progress. I want to figure out a lifestyle that promotes writing rather than writing around my lifestyle.
After all, writing is my life.
It feels good to be back after a week in comparison to 6 months (yup, that’s how long my breaks used to be)
Can I manage 5000 words a day or will it shove me down a mountain straight into a pit of burnout like last week?
I don’t like to plateau. In my mind, I feel like I’m good enough to write at an elite level. But, while showering, it dawned on me that quantity does not guarantee quality.
I see a shit ton of people publishing these niche books on things like microwaves and coconut oil and I cringe. I don’t want to be one of those writers. I don’t want to ever do things for ‘easy money’. There’s no such thing as easy money.
I strongly believe a time is quickly approaching when readers won’t be generous enough to give an author a second chance if they publish 20 page books that are nothing more than a sales gimmick.
Those guys will not last on Amazon. Which is why all my books will be nothing less than a 100 pages. I don’t want to cheat people of their money. If anything, I want them to feel like buying my books is a solid deal.
Quality is the way to go. So the debate is more focused on whether or not I can maintain a certain standard for 5000 words a day.
I’ll give it a shot tomorrow and report back.
I am highly disappointed with myself. From having an incredibly super productive week last week to being in a state of burnout this week, I can’t help but feel the wasted time has undone the progress of all my effort.
However, you either win or learn. And I have learnt how to pace myself to prevent this from happening.
1. Hit the bed Early!
2. Plan for many days in advance.
3. Draw up a system and stick with it. Flexibility doesn’t work for someone like me. I’ll end up procrastinating.
4. Find an emotional outlet. Being couped up in a room writing can often lead to emotional frustration and a build up of unused emotions. It is important to plug back into the world weekly.
5. Avoid the news. It’s depression and distracting.
6. Play around. Have some fun. All work isn’t s recipe for long term survival.
I’ll be working through the weekend to try and get the momentum going.
Talk on Monday.
I’ll be the first to admit that I’m my biggest critic. For a long time, nothing I wrote was good enough for me, regardless of what other people would say. Compliments were forgotten in a heartbeat and problems were on my mind all the time.
The idea of being perfect riddled my brain with insecurity, excessive self criticism and doubt.
I think this was the main reason why I quit writing for a few months. It became too daunting and stressful.
Nowadays, I don’t care much for perfection. If I make a mistake, I’ll learn from it and get it right the next time. I’m not going to destroy my psyche with the unwarranted expectation to be perfect.
Losers focus on winners. Winners focus on winning.
To hell with trying to be a perfect writer for people. I just want to be the greatest writer even with imperfections. Because I’ll tell you what, I can write for my entire life if it feels as good as it feels now 🙂
Today I’m going to take a break from fiction and write a few thousand words on my productivity book. I’ve found some great techniques to get things done so I want to share that with you and other like minded people.
Have an epic weekend and I’ll catch you on monday.
Dialogue is a pain in the ass when getting into the swing of writing fiction again.
I hit a wall today when trying to write an emotionally challenging scene between the protagonist and the antagonist of my story. The hero is strapped to a table, drowsy and trying to make heads or tails of where he is whilst the villain is hovering over a table preparing to inflict damage onto the little hero.
Now, at this point, the hero is supposed to experience absolute fear and one of his quirks is to talk excessively when nervous or afraid. The villain is more of a poetic old man who tests people with riddles and unnecessary tales.
A conversation between someone emotive and someone cold and calculated is a tough one for me to write.
I felt like it was flowing too unnaturally. Something felt off, especially for the situation they were in.
After some research, I found distractions. People cut each other off, especially in times of turmoil. It’s weird how good the dialogue started to flow when I had my talkative main character try to fill the air with ridiculous taunts in order to buy time and compose himself enough to think of a plan.
That’s all for today. I worked all day and I’m completely exhausted. How’s things going? Share some of your writing woes with me in the comment section below 🙂
Art is not necessarily entertaining and neither is entertainment arty. Up until recently, I was battling to decipher between the two. Believe it or not, understanding the audience you want to write for will help you establish the form of fiction you may want to write.
I have an interest in writing genre fiction – popular types being sci-fi, fantasy, horror and so forth. Generally speaking, fictional genre writing tends to be more on the entertaining side. It explores thrill and edge of the seat writing but can be simplistic at times – that’s the exception, not the rule.
Literature fiction on the other hand explores a more arty and developing style of writing. The content itself is influenced by such style. It need not necessarily be very entertaining, infact, it could come across as very different or unorthodox to the general audience. It explores depth and artistic development alot more than the average fictional genre novel.
Needless to say, both styles are never isolated in any particular book. It’s actually rather common, depending on the writers mood, thought and ideology, parts of a book can be rather genre style whilst other parts literature.
The point I’m trying to make is that the fine line between Genre and Literature isn’t meant to be forever divisional. You can jump between sides and explore the best form of fictional writing for yourself. After all, arts and entertainment is exploring your creative self. Be free, explore and live your dreams through writing – Be it arty or entertaining!
It seems like ages ago since I released my very first kindle eBook but alas, How To Build Good Writing Habits has arrived. This is a book that explores self development in conjunction with writing. We all develop, none of us are objects that remain the same forever.
Time and tide affects our bodies, our personalities and our lives. That’s the way life works – years ago writers never had the opportunity of publishing online. It never existed and the habits of modern writers differ whilst still resemble past writers.
In this book, you will have the opportunity of re-imagining the habits of successful writers to suit modern day writing.
Are you aware of the slight edge? The slight edge that sets you apart from those that fail? The slight edge that makes you an established writer apart from the rest? The slight edge that encourages you to get up every morning and work towards your dreams without any instant gratification?
You may have heard of the book titled The Slight Edge and I am a firm believer of the principles that make up The Slight Edge. In saying that, How To Build Good Writing Habits is founded on the principles governing The Slight Edge. It promotes a way of thinking that just attracts positive thinking along with success.
All in all, this is a super smart and compact guide for those of you who want to build good, if not great, writing habits.
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