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Writer Wednesday - Take the Pressure Off

A few days ago I can across a Word doc in my "potential blog posts" file that spoke to me. I'm not sure when I wrote the content but I imagine it was a couple of years or more ago. The thing is, it still applies to me today. The theme of the post is mostly two-fold -- quit beating yourself up if you don't make your daily word count, and write every day regardless. Good advice.

I realized as I was reading through the rough copy that I had written that I actually think it was an email I had written to someone else. I often find myself doing that -- sending encouraging and uplifting and inspirational emails to other authors when they are feeling like shit because of not writing. Hey, been there. Done that. And honestly, after 30 years of chasing this writing dream, I just have to say this: 
STOP IT. YES. STOP THAT SHIT.
There is nothing that can halt the good stuff faster than the negative crap we poke in our brains. Stop dwelling on it. Just write every damn day. That&#…

By the numbers -- A look at the New Year

We’re all thinking about new beginnings right now. After all, today is January 1, the first day of a brand new year. It is normal to ponder starting over, setting new goals, and pledging resolutions to do things differently or to make improvements in our lives.

I’ve been thinking along those lines too.

As I wrote in a blog post a few days ago, 2016 is getting a bad rap all over social media, and people are happy to see the year go. I hope, for all of those people who were so adamantly negative against the year, that 2017 will bring greater joy and awesome things for them. I wrote in that piece that perhaps what needs to happen is a change of attitude. I’m not the judge and jury on that, but I do have to wonder if others really think and analyze what went wrong with 2016 for them, and how it can be different next year.

And then, there is Elizabeth Gilbert, who shared in this Ted Talk that perhaps some things aren’t our fault. That perhaps we’re assigned muses or beings or somethings t…