So I happened upon my insights page and compared what I’ve done this year (so far) to the three years prior and the results are dismal. The first year I really took to blogging, I posted 164. The next year, which saw a great increase of interaction with the outside world, I posted only 112. Then last year, I posted 118. Can you imagine with my lulls of inactivity where I might be sitting this year?
Yep. 21 posts (now 22) in seven months. ((sigh)) Wow.
If those are the results of my blogging, I don’t even want to know what that might mean for my writing.
I set goals for myself at the beginning of the year (last year had proven productive, for the most part), and I wanted to keep that enthusiasm going. I’m now reevaluating those goals as I’m certain I’m going to fall short at the rate I’m crawling.
How did this happen?!
I may need to reevaluate a few other things as well. I saw this quote and decided it may be the best way to get motivated again.
What are your motivational/goal achieving tricks?
Ignore the working out aspect of this quote (unless you’re also into that) and think on what the words mean. Where do you spend this kind of energy?
Is it on your writing (or other form of art)?
I know I don’t always put such passion into my work, as any artist knows, not all days encourage such intensity of emotion, but most days, we should have it.
As a “yet to be professional” screenwriter, I’m passionate about everything I write because they are the stories I want to tell. It’s my hope, in time, I will have the opportunity to feel this same intensity on a professional level. Because if we’re not passionate about our art, then why are we doing it?
It’s a thankless path for the most part, well, at least until we “make it”. It’s hard and it’s lonely and nobody cares about our struggles – their concern is for the final result, so we have to have passion.
I spoke with a fellow writer once who wanted to give up. They hadn’t had any success and just didn’t feel the drive to continue. My advice was to take a break and see if they missed it. Like a relationship, which is pretty much what it is, a little perspective via distance can help a great deal. Hopefully, a little time away will reignite the fire, but if not, they won’t waste any more precious time on something that doesn’t spark such emotion.
Because I believe that this is something we all want to find – something that drives us, something that we’re willing to give up sleep for, and let our minds wander off to…
So tell me. What are you passionate about write now? 😉
A couple of weeks ago, I discovered that I had not placed in the top of the last contest I had entered. I was excited to have advanced at all, let alone make it to the finals, but I was still disappointed – to get so close. Ah well. It’s time to move beyond this latest round and look forward.
Easier said than done.
It was a huge boost to my (writer’s) ego to get that bit of validation, but now here I am again, starting at square one. I have that tune in my head, “second verse, same as the first”. Creatives have a tough gig. So I was trying to find a quote this week that speaks to those of us who continue to try, despite the odds, because passion dictates that we do.
I present the following:
Yes, this is a quote that most likely relates to a world war, but the message can be applied to anyone who continues to strive towards their goal. It is my hope that we all do!
Best Wishes and Happy Writing!
Good afternoon, my friends!
I am riding on a new kind of high – the one in which you learn that your original TV pilot has advanced to the finals of one of the contests you entered. What an amazing feeling!
I struggled for some time (I still do), and I think as creatives, we all have a tendency, at times, to doubt our abilities. Sometimes it takes years to obtain any outside validation, and I think that’s something we need a little bit of in order to keep moving forward. One can only stay positive, on their own, for so long.
That’s why this week, I’ve decided to share the following quote:
I’ve known people who gave up on their dreams, and they’ll never know how close they were to getting what they wanted. We need to remember why we started, and all those other quotes on positivity that keep us motivated!
Wherever your passion lies, fan the flames, and keep the dream alive!
A lot has happened in a short time, and much of my free time has been taken up with, albeit good things, but time consuming nonetheless. I have had very little time to do the things I enjoy, like writing here.
Hi! I hope you’re all well. Today I’ve decided to share a little bit of everything, I’m so very behind. 😉 There’s some good news, a quote, and a writing prompt.
So the good news. I got a new job and start this week. Yay! This has made it necessary to buy a “new to me” car, which is where all my free time has gone – research mode.
And then the best news of all, my pilot advanced to the semi-finals of the Fresh Voices contest. Yes! Yes! Yes! (Happy dancing ensues!) Positive feedback is hard to come by in this, my chosen field, so you can imagine the boost to my psyche upon learning such wonderful news, which I had to read four times to see if my eyes were deceiving me, in part because I was having this weird side effect of water drippage. 😉
Now, the quote. This is about staying positive, which is sometimes hard to do:
And then there’s this Writing Prompt, number 101, for those of you up to the challenge:
I hope to be back to the old routine soon. Wishing you all the very best in your endeavors! Happy Writing!
It’s time to get back to routine, and as most of you probably remember, I used to enjoy my routine. It’s a bit of a vague memory at the moment. 😉
On Mondays I like to share inspiring quotes – something to start the week off right. I like this one:
Keep working towards your dreams!
Do you ever find yourself overwhelmed by all you need to do, so instead of tackling your list you just ignore it?
Oh, good. It’s not just me. 😉
Sometimes we just need a reminder, and a gentle nudge in the right direction.
Have a great (and productive) week!
As writers, we are extremely hard on ourselves. So for this reason, and so many others, I present to you the following:
Wishing you all the very best!
It’s Election Day here in the U.S. – a currently frightening event given the circumstances. A great deal hangs in the balance as we await the results. I did my part by early voting, but today I think we, Americans, need a little (or a lot) of positivity.
Let’s hope and work toward a better tomorrow!
Wishing you all the very best!
I apologize that I haven’t really had anything to say or share. I’m still in escape-limbo mode.
Actually, I’m trying to figure out what to do with myself. As many of you know, The Sis and I move, a lot. I feel perpetually antsy. I long to find a place to settle down, somewhere that feels like home, and so in the interim, I’m finding it hard to make a whole lot of progress in any direction.
There are things I want to do, but if we’re not going to be here much longer, I’m not sure how much to commit. I mean, why put in energy to something you might not finish? Right?
Huh. The things that happen when you become an adult.
And a lot of this comes down to my financial situation. When you can barely make ends meet, it leaves a lot of feelings of resentment that you’ve somehow allowed yourself to get in this situation in the first place. It’s a vicious cycle.
So, while I mull over my current predicament, I need to find a boost to my mental well-being.
I don’t like to vent here, but if you have any words of encouragement or wisdom, please send them my way!
Hoping you all have a wonderful week!