What do you do when you don’t take your own advice. Frank, honest, real-life writing advice when you don’t do what you wanted to do and when you are tempted to beat yourself up for it.
What if there were a time in the future when you will look back and wish you could be where you are right now in your writing? What if today is “the good old days?” Let that thought free you up and write with abandon today.
What happens when you don’t make your goal? What happens when you fall short of the word count you need? I have found that grace is a gift you give yourself when you don’t meet your expectations. And that grace will spill over to the next writing day.
One of the recurring truths I talk about to those who want to write is to work incrementally. Start small and work up. And an email from a friend brought the truth home. I want you to celebrate with her and thereby learn to celebrate your own, incremental publishing victories.
Getting to the page every day will help you reach your goal. I use word count as a test of how a project is going. If I hit the word count, I feel a lot better about my process. But what do you do when you don’t hit the word count?
How do you want readers to react to your words? How do you want them to respond? Is it okay to plan that? Is it okay to want readers to respond in some specific way? Here’s a response to a radio topic that relates to your writing. I’m not suggesting you manipulate people—but be authentic enough to cause your reader to respond. If you’re scared to do that, listen to this writespo!