Saturday, April 8, 2017

Write Through The Bad Parts

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Sometimes we have bad spells when writing. We experience procrastination, self esteem issues, even laziness. When those times come, it's important to know to write through the bad parts.

 

  • WRITE WHEN YOU DON'T WANT TO
    • You know how when you were in school (or you may still be in school), you had to write even when you didn't want to: to finish projects, to do homework, even to do classwork. If you have a job, you may have to do work you don't neccisarily want to do at the time.
    • Writing should be viewed the same way. If you are serious about writing, you should see it as your job. It may not be your main job (right now anyway), but it's important to view it that way if you want to get anywhere. Take it seriously, and do it just like any other job. Sometimes you don't want to write. Too bad honey, because it's time to write!
    • And being completely honest, sometimes I even feel that way about this blog! I push myself to write even when I don't feel like it.
  • WRITE WHEN YOU HATE YOUR WORK
    •  This means write when you think you're the crappiest of writers. This doesn't mean write when you absolutely hate the subject you're writing about. I would say to find something else to write about (unless it's an assignment! Then follow these guidelines!).
    • This is something all writers go through. Even the best. We all dread our work and reading over it, we all want others to read it in order to validate that we are good writers. If you feel like everything you write is crap, then you need to push through it. Don't stop, because there's always edits!
  • WRITE WHEN YOU DON’T HAVE THE TIME
    • Most of us usually don't have time to write. That's what we say anyway. We have the time, we just choose not to write. In my opinion, even writing in your notebook when you have an idea to write about counts as writing, because it's part of the creative process. You actually probably do write every day, or at least engage in creative processes that contribute to your writing.
    • But Maggie, you say, what about ACTUAL writing? I've gone through this before. Make a schedule and keep to your writing routine. It will be hard to keep it at first, but if you make it a habit, then you will start doing it daily. As said last week, it takes 66 days to make something a habit. That's about 2 months and a week. You can do this. I believe in you!


Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Writing Wednesday


Sunday, April 2, 2017

How to Motivate Yourself to Write & Dealing with Procrastination


What is the solution when you don't want to do something? Put it off tomorrow and watch reruns of Orange is the New Black? No! You need to find ways to get yourself out of that lazy, procrastination state of mind! Here are a few ways you can motivate yourself to write, or do anything that you have been putting off.


  • Create a Schedule 
    • I went over this in my post, Developing a Daily Schedule. Creating a schedule helps you know what tasks you are doing and when. That way you aren't overwhelmed with things. If you know you will be writing at say, 7pm every night, then you are more likely to be ready. Remember it takes 66 days to create a habit, which is about 10 weeks. Do stick to your schedule daily and soon you will find it's become a habit.
  • Wake up Earlier 
    • This sort of goes hand-in-hand with creating a schedule. My day starts at about 5-6 am every morning, although I do tend to sleep until 8 on weekends. That's still early! If you train yourself to wake up early during the day, you will find you have more things to do and are able to complete them during the day.
  • Keep a To-Do List 
    • This might seem a little obvious, but it actually helps. You don't need to keep a planner for this, but I do. I write my to-do list down every morning, or sometimes the night before, and I include what I need to do for writing in my Technical Writing Bullet Journal. Make sure to be specific with your to-do list. That leads me to keeping SMART goals.
  • Make SMART Goals
    • I learned about SMART goals while I was in school, and we use them all the time in social work. SMART stands for S-Specific, M-Measurable,A-Agreed Upon, R-Realistic, and T-Time-Based.
    • For example, a SMART goal for Camp NaNoWriMo:
    • In the month of April will write 500 words each day as noted to my cabin and reach around 13,000 words by the end of the month.
  • Accountability
    • This is something that has really helped me. If you have been watching my YouTube channel, you will have noticed that I did a cleaning challenge for my bedroom. I was able to clean it and rearrange my furniture. Having this on YouTube provided some accountability for me and motivated me to get it done. Now I'm not suggesting you start a YouTube, but joining groups and discussing your progress each day provides that same type of accountability.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Writing Wednesday

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Creative Writing Affirmations



What Affirmations Are and Why You Should Do Them

Affirmations are positive thoughts, either written or repeated to yourself, that reflect self-empowerment. While they may seem cheesy, and I think of Stuart Smalley when I imagine doing affirmations, they actually do work. Positive thinking has a great effect on our minds, and if we believe something positive has happened, we can trick our minds into believing it is true.


Creating Affirmations

For affirmations to work, they must be extremely personal. While you can find websites that have affirmations listed, these are not personal, and should only be used as inspiration for writing your own affirmations.

In order to write your own affirmations, choose an area of your life you would like to improve. In this case, I am encouraging you to write creative writing affirmations. Make sure when you write your statement to keep it succinct and to the point. That way you can remember it throughout the day instead of always having to read it. Also, make your affirmation achievable and present tense. Finally, make it actionable--write something akin to "I am (verb)," "I feel (verb)," or "I will (verb)."

An example of a personal affirmation for me is, "I am excited about my creative mind, and I will write two pages each day in April." (This is for Camp NaNoWriMo.)

I added a goal to the end, but this isn't necessarily needed.  

Another example:

"I feel proud of my strengths in creative writing."



The Power of Positive Thinking

I understand that this may not seem like it relates to writing, but positive thinking can help us achieve our goals. Studies have shown that when people believe they can do something, they are more likely to achieve that goal. Positive affirmations help with this. I encourage you to get your journal out and create some affirmations in order to read them daily before your allotted writing time. You will see gains, I promise.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Word Nerds Guest Blog

Watch me on Word Nerds as I talk about The Beat Sheet Method!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Writing Wednesday

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