Thursday, January 20, 2022

writing procrastination



Writing Procrastination


Procrastination can often come hand-in-hand with a writing career, or being self-employed even. Sometimes we avoid work because we are afraid of failure, overwhelmed by the immensity of the work or perhaps we are actually afraid of success - sounds weird, I know, but it is actually a thing. Sometimes procrastination comes in because the chore at hand may not be an enjoyable one, while a more enjoyable activity looms in your mind. Perhaps your procrastination comes from having fare too many ideas or opportunities and you just don't know where to start. 

There are times when we are so buried in ideas we just have to hash them out. Make a coffee and start talking to the walls, if you have to - figure out what your current goals are and write down any ideas you have already mentally created. Writing down these random thoughts can help you prioritize and organize what you see on the page(s). Jotting down thoughts as they come to you can help ease stress loads created by the same thoughts going round and round in your mind. This constant writing down notes also ensures that  you are not forgetting precious stories, book ideas, article topics or whatever. Be sure to save those notes and go through them periodically.

Procrastination is not always caused by lack of self-discipline or tenacity. Sometimes as writers we need to evolve as people, attain more experiences, or develop new skills in order to take an idea where we feel it needs to go. Occasionally we have a very important project that ends up getting set aside numerous times because things come up that take precedence. Maybe we just need to refresh our own batteries, and we all know that exhaustion is such a frustrating experience. 

As far as developing self-discipline, it is really quite important to set a target. So once you have your mind cleared, charged your batteries and you've written the ideas, activities or storylines out in your head. Look them over and take notes about the following: 

Which do you feel has the best market potential at this time or in the near future?

Who do you think the reader will be? 

How can you reach out to them with your storyline? 

What will appeal to your market and how can you zero in on that? 

Take a break and let your mind rest. Come back with a coffee and relax. There is no pressure. Decide on the one you wish to compile first, you might base this on a deadline, or on how easy it is to accomplish. Completing even the smallest project is quite therapeutic because it helps get you out of any emotional ruts, gives you a sense of accomplishment and starts a positive momentum in your work life. 

Whatever you have decided to work on first, set a deadline and decide how you will reach it. For instance you may have the goal of doing 3 interviews with experts in the genre of your book or its characters... determine the steps necessary to make this possible, including preparation for the interviews and plans for transportation or contingency plans. Get a day-timer going so you schedule your time, and allot a specific time frame to dedicate to the project at hand. 

When you are self employed it is important to be self disciplined in utilizing that allotted time efficiently. Don't answer the phone, in fact turn the volume off if you are able. Turn off the radio or TV. Set some mundane calming music on and get to work for that half hour of writing a day that you have set yourself. 

Keep that schedule and don't let anything except emergencies keep you from it. Tell people you can't visit, you are busy. Don't answer the door -put a sign up if you have to saying you are at work do not disturb. 

Set yourself up for positive results. Be sure to choose a time that you know is creatively the best time for you. Wear something super cozy, no one is looking. Have a thermos of your refreshment available so you don't have to get up often. Make sure the dogs have had a bathroom break before you begin writing. 

And finally - Get to work. If you have scheduled in just one day at a certain time. Do it. If you can do every day for 20 minutes. Do it. Do it Do it... do it, do it. lol just do it. Don't let procrastination eradicate your dreams, your future, your possibilities. Embrace the fear - we all feel it, just accept it and do it anyway. Set your alarm early if you have to, and just do it.

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Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Media Appearance


Media Appearance


 It is with sincere pleasure that I share this next resource with you... I connected with Poppy Kuroki back in early May this year after we met on the Authors Supporting Authors FaceBook group. She and I began communicating and realized that had many things in common to talk about. As it turns out, she is the author of numerous books including A Bard's Lament and she also writes about her experiences in Japan. Poppy invited me to appear as a featured guest on her wonderful blog: Great Books With Poppy - where she and I had a fantastic conversation. I hope you check it out, and if you like it - let us know :) 



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Monday, January 17, 2022

Quote of the day




Quote of the Day 




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" Researchers at Harvard say 

that taking a power nap for an hour in the afternoon 

can totally refresh you. 

They say that by the time you wake up 

you'll feel so good, 

you'll be able to start looking for a new job. "

~ Jay Leno




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Sunday, January 16, 2022

Author Interview






World of Writing - Author Interview


*Today's guest comes to us via Leslie Barrett of PRByTheBook.com.

We are joined by Arthur Swan who was raised in North Carolina and now resides in Los Angeles, where his day job is a Character Supervisor for DreamWorks. He has contributed to films ranging from A Beautiful Mind to How to Train Your Dragon. In his spare time, when he’s not writing or swimming his morning laps, he volunteers for Young Storytellers, enjoys fishing and fireworks with his favorite niece and nephew, and on weekends he can be found hiking high climbs in early fog before the sun burns through as mist vanishes to blue sky. His first novel, Before the Sun Hits, won the Reader Views Reader’s Choice Award.

To learn more about Arthur, he invites you to visit: 
https://swanfall.com

https://www.facebook.com/ArthurSwanAuth




Q: So let us start, Arthur, by having you share what motivates you to write?

I want to tell a story that captures readers' imaginations, that they will identify with and enjoy. Also, I find writing to be a very relaxing means of travel. I can cross the universe yet return in time for breakfast. I can experience a whole different life for a while. Pretending to be someone else helps me understand their point of view.



Q: How do you spend your writing time?

Drinking tea. Staring into space. Furiously typing before a fleeting thought escapes. Swimming—yes, sometimes while exercising it occurs to me what to write.




Q: What are your favorite genres to write or read?


I love to write fiction. But I read some nonfiction, and I love novels, such as Fair Warning by Michael Connelly, which incorporate some truth about relevant issues along with a good story. I’ve been reading about some of the shocking problems with the criminal justice system to see if there is a story there that I can tell.




Q: Do you use certain tricks that help prevent you from straying from your goal?

Don’t start something new until I finish the thing I’m doing. This applies to short-term tasks, such as finishing a paragraph before taking a tea break, as well as long term projects, i.e., finishing a novel (or giving up) before starting a new one.


Q: Where /how do you or what recharges your batteries?

In a number of ways including: swimming, hiking, paddle boarding, reading, going to new places, staring at the horizon and sleeping.


Q: How do you deal with literary criticism?

I try to set it aside until I don’t feel overwhelmed, until I can take it in without a visceral reaction and think about what’s really being said. Even when I disagree with the exact statement, I usually find that whoever said it has indeed pointed out a problem or something that could be better. Once I realize what that is, I’ll change it if I can. Or if it’s too late, at least I can learn from it for next time.


Q: How many unpublished or half-finished writing projects are sitting on your "to-do" shelf?

I’d like to say none. If I abandon something, then it’s not worth going back to.
Although there is one exception. One science fiction novel that I started but don’t have a good ending for which I take off the shelf every few years and tinker with in the hopes of solving what seems to be an insurmountable problem. Don’t know if I ever will. For now, it’s just an exercise. A little reminder which seems like a good idea might not actually work in practice.




Q: 
What business challenges have you faced as a writer?


My main challenge is time. 

Creative endeavours require time to fail in order to succeed. Every writer I’m aware of who became successful, owes their success in part to all those who helped them along the way. These relationships take time to develop.

And, of course, it takes time to write. That’s the main thing. Time to write and rewrite.






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Saturday, January 15, 2022

Just for Writers !



Just For Writers !!   

Today is the 9th installment of this new series of posts Just For Writers ! Watch for a new post in this series around the middle of every month !! *Note: Some of these links go back as far as early 2000's and may refer to our old website - ignore them. Go to: http://BrummetMedia.ca


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Life coach and author Bob Crawford dropped by our blog for an interview back in 2012. *This refers to our old website, ignore that.:


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KWE Publishing, a Morgan James Publishing Imprint, offers a helpful podcast, Sociable Scribes, for writers of most genres. I found this interview with Charles George of particular interest  https://kwepub.com/sociable-scribes-podcast-season-210-charles-george-book-marketing-guru-publish-to-thrive/ , and I encourage our readers to check out the 6 pages or so of previously published episodes of their podcast. Feel free to reach out to KWE Publishing, they are always welcoming to submissions and queries.
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This next one is a fantastic resource for authors - it is a podcast run by two fun ladies who love to talk about the world of writing and are passionate about helping writers reach a wider audience. After The After Show is a relatively new podcast hosted by McKensie Stewart and Amy Shannon. Here, you will find that they discuss all things literary.




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Adele Parke invited us to appear on her blog back in 2013 where I shared tips and covered many issues on the topic of co-writing. *This refers to our old website, ignore that.



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Philip Yaffe was a guest on our old talk radio show back in 2010 where he shared some very interesting and helpful advice on how to speak and write like a professional. *This refers to our old website, ignore that.





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-- Quick writer tip # 2 -- 


Don’t make anyone work for anything; provide everything they will need so that they do not have to ask for it.  




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Friday, January 14, 2022

Recommended Resources



Recommended Resources



This link below was submitted to us via Makenzei Pohl, and offers helpful resources for how to prepare in case of a natural disaster including emergency kits and printable checklists to help you prepare your emergency plan:


https://www.rocketmortgage.com/learn/emergency-plan-for-home


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This next resource comes to us from one of our readers, Clio Smeeten, who says this site "is one of the best bear websites.":

http://www.bearconservation.org.uk


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And this resource was sent to us via Katie Hylton, who said she "thought this collection of activities for people with dementia would make a great addition to the other resources you have listed" on our blog:

https://wordfinderx.com/blog/fun-activities-for-people-with-dementia/

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