So how is SpeedBo going? Here's the test.
A. You have already completed your manuscript and still have five days left to revise. You are ahead of your targeted goal. You were able to spend way more writing hours than you ever dreamed.
Okay, if that is you, please just be QUIET. We are so proud of you and happy for you, but probably green with jealousy which is not a good thing so shhhhhhhhhhh
B. You are on task. On target. Have met your goals. And will end up with a complete manuscript in 5 more days. Hmmph. We WILL let you shout and cheer, but only for five seconds. You need to get back to work.
Oh yes, congrats by the way. And we are so proud of you and happy for you also.
C. You made a great start, but things got in the way. Even though you made tremendous progress, you are thinking it doesn't really matter. Maybe you should just cut back and relax.
Please read my SpeedBo article from last year. Glucose For The Finish. It will give you some helpful tips to help you hang in there to the end of March and the end of Speedbo.
D. You had one interruption after another.
A family member got sick. Unexpected company arrived.
You had to move.
Your dog found the skunk that has been raiding the trash can and you had to spend days trying every wive's tale to get that horrible smell out of the house.
Or like me, you got a rejection that you were so sure was going to be a sale.
And you WANT to give up.
Or maybe you DID give up.
WAIT! HALT! HOLD UP THERE!
THE SKY IS NOT FALLING!
Really life hasn't come to an end. It may look like a close call, but as Scarlett always said, "I'll think about it tomorrow." And trust me, tomorrow does come. Its another day.
As Ruthy always says, "Pull up your big girl panties." (Big boy panties if you're a guy) And start from where you are.
So someone got sick. THE SKY IS NOT FALLING. How many days did that take you away from Speedbo? Four? Well then, add four more days and make your own personal speedbo end April 4th.
Unexpected company arrived. THE SKY IS NOT FALLING. They left didn't they? (Finally) So throw the dirty linens in a corner and get back to that computer.
You had to move. This is huge. But not impossible. Mark your office boxes and pack them last so they will be first out of the truck. Set up a corner and designate that time early in the morning or late at night to hit the computer. You can always plot and plan in your head while you wrap and pack. So it slows you down and you don't get as much done. THE SKY IS NOT FALLING. Instead of looking at what you didn't get done, look at what you did do. Pretty amazing if you ask me.
Your dog found the skunk. Whew!! Don't envy you there. Tomato juice doesn't work. I know. THE SKY IS NOT FALLING! When its writing time, send Rover outside. Burn a scented candle. When you have to bite the bullet and bathe the mutt, dream about your hero. What would he do?
That dratted rejection showed up. The sight of it makes you want to quit. Why write anymore when one could go bicycling or go play pickleball. THE SKY IS NOT FALLING. You send out the next proposal, the one you started with speedbo.
Okay, what's your excuse? Is it insurmountable? Can you overcome the obstacle and get back into SpeedBo? Of course you can. A set back is simply that. Something that sets you a little behind, but not impossibly out of the game. THE SKY IS NOT FALLING! You are a writer after all. You don't have to be like Cody the Coyote who wanted to be something else. He strayed and discovered that you will be happiest doing what you were made to do. Write, write, write.
Are you getting the picture here? Be encouraged. Take heart. Sit quiet and pray. No matter what your goal is or has been, don't let set-backs deter you. Look at the positive and make a mental list of what you did accomplish, not what you didn't. Always remember THE SKY IS NOT FALLING.
Now that we know the SKY IS NOT FALLING, make a comment and your name will be put in the hat for a ten page critique if you're a writer. If you're a reader, you can have a choice of one of my books.
Best wishes. Hang in there. Stay positive and keep your eyes on the goal.
Be sure to check the weekend edition for winners.
All books shown in this post are available on Amazon.com. I haven't read all of them but liked the covers that went with my post.
Cody The Coyote is available on I Tunes