Monday, January 15, 2018

The One Piece of Advice You Need to Hear to Become Successful

From Writerslife.org:


There’s only one thing you need to hear to become successful, and that’s to just start! Millions of people dream of writing a book or starting a business. Yet, for some unknown reason, they don’t accomplish those goals. 
The only reason you’re not living your ideal life is because you’re making excuses. You say you don’t have enough time or money. No, you’re procrastinating and you’re not starting. 
Everyone can make excuses because it makes them feel good as to why they’re not living their ideal life. The truth is, they’re not executing. If you’re not living the life you desire that is all on you and no one else. It doesn’t matter what your circumstances are, it only matters what you’re doing each day that will get you ahead. 
You can keep saying I’ll start my business tomorrow or that I’ll go to the gym tomorrow. Eventually, there will not be another tomorrow and you will have wasted your life. Do you want to be on your deathbed with regret? I didn’t think so.
When you wake up in the morning, get up before the sun and don’t even think about checking your phone. Each day will be a new challenge and you have to be ready for it. By waking up early, you can get a head start on the day. You can get to work before the rest of the world is waking up and allow that notion to carry you throughout the rest of the day!
The hardest part of becoming successful is starting. It may sound opposite of what you’ve normally thought. Once you start, your mind will only be on the task at hand. 
It doesn’t matter if your idea seems stupid to you. People thought Henry Ford was stupid for trying to invent the car. But Ford didn’t give in, he just started.

Once again, I'm still putting off writing. But things have been hectic lately, with holidays, including today. I still have some ideas for my diary novel, but just haven't gotten them down. This article is basically telling me what I have bene doing lately! 
Yes, I agree that getting started is always hard. I seem to have an easier time imagining some things than getting them down on paper. This is something I want to work on getting better at. 

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Why You Should Mix Up Your Writing Routine

From Writerslife.org:


One of the most common pieces of advice for any writer is to try to get into a good writing routine.
A good writing routine will ensure that you write more productively, will help you pick up where you left off, and make writing become a habit, and something that is incorporated into your daily life so that you are always making progress and getting closer and closer to achieving your goals.
However, as with any routine, there is no harm in mixing it up once in a while. Without doing so, a writing routine can become tedious and uninspiring, which can lead to procrastination and eventually abandoning it altogether.
So what are the things you can do to keep your writing routine fresh and exciting? Let’s take a look.

Change your writing environment.
Often a change of environment can work wonders at giving us a fresh perspective and allowing us to settle into our work with renewed vigour. You could consider redecorating your office, moving the furniture around or just going mobile for a week where you head out to cafe’s, libraries, or even a park bench, and work from there instead.

Write at different times.
If you always write with a glass of wine after dinner perhaps try writing first thing in the morning with a cup of coffee instead. You might think you work best at a particular time but try changing up your writing schedule to see if this makes you more productive.

Change your process
You might have some fixed things that you do before you start to write such as writing exercises for example. Or you might always start your writing session by reading over the last chapter you have written. Try something different. Go for a short walk in the fresh air before you write. Do some stretches, change the writing exercises you do or just dive right in.

Start a new project
Sometimes it can help if we take a step back from our current project and work on something different for a while. So if slogging through your novel is becoming a little tiresome, set it to one side and work on a different writing idea. Then you can come back to it in a week or so and look at it with a fresh set of eyes.

Learn something new and experiment
Remember, when it comes to writing there is always more to learn. Make sure you set some time aside to learn new things and to experiment too. Doing so could add a whole new depth to your writing and help you discover new passions and techniques that you love.

Meet new people and travel as much as you can
If you feel as though your writing routine is getting you down, give yourself a break from it. Why not instead go on an adventure? Travel somewhere exotic, meet new people, get some stories to tell. You’ll feel much more inspired by getting out there and enjoying the world, so don’t forget that there is one just waiting to be explored!

So next time you feel as though your writing routine might be getting you into a writing slump, why not try the above? Writing habits are good, but there is no reason why they can’t be flexible, and by shaking up your writing routine you may well end up feeling more motivated and productive than ever before.

I still haven't made much progress on my writing except for one part of the memoir since the new year began. And every time I want to work on something, I get too tired. The winter does that, unfortunately. But I'm going to try to do something about all this soon. Perhaps trying to write during the day might be better at this time of the year.  My sitting at the computer has taken its toll on my back, causing the muscles near and below the neck to ache. I just saw a doctor about this and am on prescription ibuprofen for at least a week. I'm thinking a new room setup for my computer would be better, but am unsure how to go about doing it just yet.  And I am shaming myself right now about the ideas I have for the diary novel I have been working on, but haven't gotten down yet. Believe me, though, I am trying to get this stuff done!  And I have just signed up for Wattpad, but haven't read any stories yet or even tempted any of my own. I'm still not sure how to write fanfiction, but I remembered years ago when I was trying to rewrite stories I loved as  child, and people telling me those would never get published because I was plagiarizing other people's works (Though I'm not sure I was ever intending to get them published). I guess I was a little ahead of my time, since this was years before "fanfiction" was ever used as a term. So maybe I do know how to write fanfiction. 
What would you do?

Friday, January 12, 2018

ONCE UPON A… READING CHALLENGE

I was planning to keep tract of retelling on the Moody Reader challenge, since the retellings challenge I did last year was no longer being offered. Then I just now came across a similar challenge at this site.  I will be trying for the first level.

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LEVELS:

Flipping your fins you don’t get too far: 00-20 books
That visions are seldom all they seem: 21 – 40 books
A new fantastic point of view: 41 – 60 books
The water’s always changing, always flowing: 61- 80 books
In dreams you will loose your heartaches: 81 – 100 books
With a dreamy far-off look, and her nose stuck in a book: 100+ books

Here is what I am reading:

2018 Moody Reading Challenge

Since the Dystopia and Retellings challenges I've done for the last two or three years are not being offered this year, and the ongoing Mental Illness one I've been doing for about the same time has been deleted, I decided to sign up for this one at Perspective of a Writer, so that I can choose to read these genres. I'm still waiting to see if the blog hosting the LGBT and Banned Books challenges will be offering those. If not, I'll be adding those genres to this challenge as well.

NOTE: 1/12: I just found a new retellings challenge at this site and will be doing that one.




Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Trying to Work on It More





About two days ago, I redid a portion of my memoir, the first I've worked on it since the new year began. But that's all so far. I keep planning to get back to it, but have only done that one so far. I still have to decide how to finish my diary novel. Have many of you tried working on more than one story at once?

Monday, January 8, 2018

Read the Year with Penguin

Just found this one now. I wasn't sure I wanted to do anymore monthly or checklist challenges, but this one sounds good.




As a new year approaches, it’s natural to think about reading resolutions – whether it’s to try a new author or genre, get started with a classic you’ve been meaning to read or finally pick up those books on your to-be-read pile.
Whatever your resolutions, our Read the Year challenge is all about trying something new. From starting the year with a book about new beginnings in January through to getting stuck into a story that embodies the festive spirit in December via strong female characters, world (or space!) travel and more, we hope this challenge will inspire you to see the world from a new perspective.
Download our reading diary to see each month’s prompt. There’s space for you to fill in what you’ve read and if you’re not sure where to begin, we’ve suggested a few books to get you started.
 

January: Start the year with a book about new beginnings:  The Boy in the Striped Pajamas--John Boyne


February: Get stuck in a story of obsessive love.

March: Read a book about a woman you hadn't previously heard of

April:  A book that will help you explore your creativity.

May: Use a book to get closer to nature

June: A book that delves into the experience of fatherhood

July: Travel anywhere in (or out of) the world with a book

August:  A book which tells a migration story 

September: Dive into a coming of age story you haven't read before.

October: 'Tis the season for spooky stories. Take your pick

November: Pick up a book about the country you live in

December: Finish the year with a book that embodies the festive spirit

Saturday, January 6, 2018

How to Stay Motivated During the Winter

From Writerslife.org:




During the winter, and especially with the latest storm it can be difficult to stay motivated. Most of us want to grab a cup of tea and wrap ourselves in a blanket… but there is work that needs to be done! 
Each morning when you wake up, watch a motivational video. Yes, motivational videos aren’t a cure for staying motivated but they can help you get started. The goal of watching a motivational video is that you create motivation inside of yourself. When you’re motivated from within, you can accomplish amazing things! 
Upon waking up and watching a motivational video, you should do a review of your life plan. Your life plan is what you wish to accomplish during your lifetime. If you don’t have a life plan, then you need to create one. Without one, you will be meandering around in life and end up at a destination in which you will not be happy about. If you haven’t yet written your life plan, start by asking yourself, “What makes me the happiest, and something I can make money from?” Remember, the best in every profession gets paid. 
Exercise first thing in the morning. Exercising first thing in the morning can be going for a walk, run, or hitting the gym. There is no better feeling than working out and then starting your day. You get a sense of euphoria that’ll last your entire day.
With exercise, waking up early will give you the needed motivation. There’s just something about waking up before everyone else that gives you an added edge. I’m not saying you need to get up at 4 am but you should get up any later than 7 am. When you get up early for a consistent period, you will notice beneficial changes in your life. 
It may seem like a small task, but making your bed in the morning right after you wake up will also help to motivate you. Why? Because you’ve accomplished a task already and that momentum will carry throughout the day. Don’t believe me? Check out the book: Make Your BedStaying motivated during the winter doesn’t have to be hard if you follow the steps above!

I have to admit I haven't yet worked on any of my writing since the new year began. I keep wanting to, but have been getting tired early in the evening, which is typical for this time of year.  I'v even been slow on blogging since New Year's Day. And next week is my birthday, though I have no plans. My monthly book club meeting is that day and one of the books I suggested for this year was chose so I have to lead the discussion that night ;) And another I suggested was chosen for February.
It has been two years since I read Prozac Nation, and the review I posted on Goodreads came up on my Facebook memories three days ago. I also posted it my blog.   And almost two year since I got the idea to write my own memoir on the subject. I still can't believe I was into the idea at first, but soon discouraged, thinking it was a bad idea to do what had already been famously done by one person. I also felt my story was just too similar. It took me days to get over this and begin what I had wanted to do. 
Right now, I'm trying to decide which writing I want to work on for the time being, or if I want to try something new. But I haven't quite written all I want for my diary novel, and I'm not sure when to end it. It kind of seems like  something that can be a series, though I'm not ready to determine that just yet. 
And I'm still pondering whether to join Wattpad, Fanfiction or other writing sites.