Hello, Readers! Happy Friday!!
I have come to a point where I am no longer ahead of my posts. I forget to sometimes come here, and fill you all in on my progress. Yesterday was quite a rough day for me in the fact that I missed a goal that I kind of hoped to surprise myself and make. Jokingly the hubby man and
Jokingly the hubby man and myself set a goal to have all of the second draft written by yesterday. Now, while this was really a joke as the second draft is set to hit somewhere in the 85k mark, and I’m only in the 30’s it was still hard on me. I do not like setting goals I don’t meet. I find that it is hard for me to shake that sense of disappointment, and guilt.
Now, I’ve learned over my years of writing that those two things, and unobtainable goals can all work together to fuel the inner critic. That little voice inside of your head that tells you that you’re not good enough, that you can’t do something, that what you’re doing is crap. You should know the voice well as a creative type. I call that voice the little liar. That’s the whole job of this little voice is to sit there and whisper these things to you when you’re feeling the most vulnerable, until you believe it.
That’s the whole job of this little voice is to sit there and whisper these things to you when you’re feeling the most vulnerable, until you believe it.
The more you believe these things the less productive you are going to feel. Once something like this happens to me I need to rebuild myself, and renew my goals. So to accomplish this I change things up. Instead of setting myself a word count goal, or a chapter marker, I tell myself I will write today. It doesn’t matter how many words I get down as long as I’m moving forward. I track every day that I write somewhere visible for me to look at every day.
Once I feel so much better about myself then I will start to administer word count goals that gradually get larger until I’m back where I was when I’d gotten knocked down a peg or two. It isn’t about how quickly you are doing something, but simply that you are still moving forward, and still reaching for your goals.
I will try to post another bit for Sunday Snippet. I hope to see you all there.
L.O.L. (Live it, Own it, Love it) or it isn’t worth doing.