I made a habit to listen to podcasts whilst exercising (click here to see which ones I listen too) but one of my favourite podcasts is, The Fantasy Fiends Podcast, and each episode they talk about the success or good things, related to writing, that have happened to them since the previous episode.
Taking the time to celebrate small achievements will give you a sense of accomplishment which will ultimately help tackle your larger goals.
At the end of each week and/or month, I am going to celebrate and share my accomplishments unto the virtual world.
It’s that time of the week – Tuesday Discussion.
From those who are new, each week I post a topic (relevant to my WIP) and try to unravel the mysteries and perspectives of it. Last weeks post was Paperback or Electronic Books and this week is:
Do you Create a Writing Routine?
Distractions are everywhere. Cleaning or making another cup of coffee becomes a priority over writing.
You have the power to conquer them witih positive reactions and get in the groove of finishing your projects.
“Every character should want something, even if it is only a glass of water.”
–Kurt Vonnegut, 8 Basics of Creative Writing.
In the previous post on To Build a World, Part Four I looked at the theme of struggle. The struggle with your character in different elements of fantasy. I want to continue the character driven themes, with your character goals and motivations.
Patience is a virtue, and it isn’t easy to come by. However, it can be the difference between a talented writer and a published author. Even if you’ve mastered the art of the comma, studied plot structure at university, and have contacts in the publishing world, I believe you can’t make it without patience.
Here are three points that outline, how writers are patient:
Before the weekend started I posted a list of goals I wanted to achieve.
Here is the post if you missed it: Why a list of weekend goals?
This weekend I have many goals to accomplish:
- Finish editing one of my characters story
- Complete a short story for competition – Furious Fiction
- Finish reading The Dragonbone Chair
- Mow the lawn
- Do the washing
- Build a bookcase; and
- Do some form of physical activity – walk the dog, run or ride my bike.
I want to be a weekend warrior – to achieve all these and have time for my partner is my definition of a productive two days.
This week was the launch of Open University Australia’s (OUA) national T.V advertising campaign, ‘What If‘. To my overseas followers, I am sorry you won’t see the campaign it is an Australian campaign but here is screenshots from it.
“May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone that thinks your wonderful, and don’t forget to make some art — write or draw or sing or build or live as only as you can. And I hope, somewhere in the the next year, you surprise yourself.” Neil Gaiman.
Twenty-seventeen resolutions were made and some broken.
At Christmas my family talk about what each of us were grateful for the year. It has become our own little tradition and it allows us to focus on the positives.