Let’s look at a few more slogans:
If it works, don’t fix it.
Gram: This one hits me hard. As a person who tends toward
OCD perfectionism, I have to be reminded to stop before I ruin the work by trying to ‘fix’ it. That’s one way an editor can come in handy; they can push you if it needs fixed and stop you if it doesn’t.
Keep it simple.
Imma: This one hits me right between the eyes, because I can keep having ideas popping in my righty head, and I get too many things going at once. Those of you who identify with this know just what I mean. Gram reminds me that I don’t have to include everything. I can choose the most important ideas and leave the rest for another project.
Keep the goal in mind.
Imma: As a distractable right brain person, I tend to get distracted – EASILY. I will flit from unfinished project to unfinished project and wind up getting nothing done. Sometimes I will write a note and post it on my computer to help me stay on task when the shiny things call.
Gram: I struggle with this too. My problem is that I get caught up in creating and making it better, spending too much time because I lose track of the goal in the getting there.
Take what you need, not what you want.
Imma: Hmmmmmm, this is a reminder that we can get caught up in the things we like and miss the things we need. As we write or read, we can take the opportunity to learn, not just enjoy.
Progress not perfection.
Gram: Any improvement is improvement. Don’t be so relentless in trying to get to the perfect stage, that you don’t give yourself credit for incremental growth along the way.
Treat yourself as y0ur best friend.
Imma: After all, if you don’t take care of yourself, who will? This is true physically as well. Many of the writers I know struggle with some kind of disability. Then there’s the hours writers spend sitting at a computer. If we would do it for/encourage our best friend, we should treat ourselves the same way.
This too shall pass.
No matter what the joy or the struggle, it, too, will pass. Life is all about change, whether we like it or not. If it’s hard, it will get better. If it’s easy, it will get worse. That is life as we know it. It works for our writing as well.
I hope you have found encouragement here today! Keep writing — One day at a time!
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