What do you do when a football move goes awry?
You punt the ball!
That's the football strategy, and there's a reason it works.
It buys time.
It offers another opportunity. Sure, you can look at is as a negative, you lost the ball... but you can get it back again!
It's you. All you. Well, and your team!
So when you sit down at the desktop/laptop/Scrivener page, whatever... and you lose the ball...
Re-think where you were, what was the goal?
In football, the goal is to win.
Your goal as an author is DIFFERENT.
Your goal is to finish. Then finish again. And again.
When you look at the differences between sports and writing, they're huge, and yet some of the analogies fit.
But the keyboard is different. You can re-play a down. You can change the outcome of a kick. You can put it between the goalposts anytime you want to!
You have the power.
When a game is over, it's over. Done. Win/lose/tie... DONE.
Not so with writing! When it's finished... well then the revisions begin! And you polish and nip and tuck and polish some more!
We aren't a win/lose enterprise. We're a win/win enterprise, and it's all up to you!
So what are you going to do today to make your dream come true?
1. Examine your schedule
2. Treat writing time like a job
3. Meet your schedule daily
4. Make short term goals
5. Make long-term goals
6. Be willing to adjust as needed. Flexibility is clutch, but not so flexible that you don't say "no".
7. Mini-rewards work for me. A treat (I'm like a Pavlovian dog, yes, I'm admitting it!), a fave show, a handful of M&Ms...
8. Plan essential duties AROUND writing time. Not instead of...
These simple tips are brought to you today, courtesy of the Ruthinator who is giving away two copies of "The First Gift", her latest release and an absolutely beautiful story of how a loving town and beloved teacher can make a difference in one child's life.
I'm not only in love with this cover... I'm in love with the book between the covers!
Stop in and chat about how to make our dreams realities... how to re-focus ourselves for this last 1/3 of the year.
How to KICK OUR FEARS TO THE CURB!!!!
And move forward!
Multi-published author Ruth Logan Herne loves hangin' with peeps in Seekerville, Yankee Belle Cafe and facebook... and she loves surrounding herself with young families to keep the beat alive! With over a million books sold, she's living the dream she imagined a long time ago... and touching hearts and souls along the way, total bonus! Friend her on facebook, or stop by her website ruthloganherne.com She'd love to meet you!