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Forging a Writing Future

twotwentytwosmallIf you go to work on your goals, your goals will go to work on you. If you go to work on your plan, your plan will go to work on you. Whatever good things we build end up building us.  – Jim Rohn

I started listening to Jim Rohn’s Youtube talks just after he died. When he said Don’t wish it were easier, wish you were better. Don’t wish for less problems, wish for more skills. Don’t wish for less challenge, wish for more wisdom, I straightened up and started typing.   With a smile on my face.  In terms of time management, he inspired me not to waste a minute getting to it.

Looking to the future is one of the best ways to improve a writer’s use of available time.  When big goals shine ahead of us, when we dare to believe in them, we’re more likely to use long and short free segments of time when we get them to further our writing careers.  When we know where we’re going, we’re more confident about taking the steps to get us there.  No matter how far off they may seem, to deny our brightest dreams is to halt our progress.

The journey is a difficult one, of course, but we didn’t choose it because it’s easy to be a writer.  No professional chooses that way:  Oh, I think I’ll be a lawyer, a teacher, a doctor, an accountant, because it’s easy. Ha.

And if we know we’re dealing with, say, a five-year plan, we’re going to be less impatient.  We begin to appreciate the journey, the learning, and the people we meet along the way.  And once we love the journey, we realize that we don’t have to wait a single minute to love every aspect of this writing life.

I hope it’s another brilliant writing week for you.

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Designing a Writing Life

“If you don’t desigrobotgardenersmalln your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan.  And guess what they’ve got planned for you?  Not much.” –Jim Rohn

Writing out goals shapes my days’ work. It shapes my days as well.  I’m always on the lookout for ways to shake up my day planning and goal setting for this writer’s life.

Last week I sat in the garden, gazing at the overgrown ivy.  I mused on authors’ careers, thinking,  All writers make something out of nothing.  Writers aren’t the only ones who do so, but it’s an exciting thought.  Pretty daring stuff.

And, within the same writing career, it’s an honourable business to work to support the creating of something new, for one’s own work, and for others’ careers as well.

A rough list for creation:  drafting chapters, outlining, goal setting, writing blogs, writing marketing plans, developing any new skill or superpower, such as bookkeeping.

For supporting creation:  typing up, revising own and others’ work, reviewing the week, polishing, marketing, publishing, bookkeeping.

Every profession claims lists like these.  As I try to fit these activities into my week, I can’t help reflecting that’s no wonder some professions come with assistants.

I hope it’s another great writing week for you.

Cheers, Mel

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