My daddy’s parents came to the US from Mexico in 1908. They worked hard, studied hard, and became US citizens. Their descendants went on to become professionals, holding prestigious jobs in business and government. But it took my Tia Gracia, my Aunt Grace, decades to pass her citizenship test. She was almost 100 years old when she became a US citizen.
In my writer’s group some people are more prolific. They can finish a month’s worth of content while I’m constructing my first draft.
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It’s like watching Speedy Gonzales zip by, leaving me in a cloud of dust…and discouragement.
Anybody else been there? Feeling intimidated? Like you’re not as good?
Hint: option B produces the best results. However, if you choose option A, bring a box of chocolates to my house and we’ll host a pity party together.
1) Identify the problem. Ask yourself, “What’s making this so difficult? Lack of resources? Lack of time? Fear of failure? Confusion? Vampire bats gnawing on your ankles? Once you define the hold-up…
2) Reach out for the solution. Use your life lines: Mentors, writer’s group, google, self-help books, and genies in lamps.
3) Address the priority items. Connecting with fans on your author’s Facebook page is great, but do it after you finish the guest blog due tomorrow.
4) Drown out distractions. Ignore email, the ringing phone, tweets, and the circus performers jumping through flaming hoops on your front lawn.
To stay on track ask,
“Is what I’m doing moving me toward my goal, or away from it?”
If you’ve hit a plateau, go back to number one to determine the hold-up.
Comparing ourselves to others is a sure way to lose heart, lose focus, and lose momentum.
My aunt Grace could have said, “I’m an old lady. It’s too hard to become a citizen now.” But she didn’t give up, and neither should we.
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We might not be a Speedy Gonzales, but remember, the tortoise still won the race against the hare.
Now on to
Jeanie’s Super-Secret Newbie No-No’s
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Eliminate Empty Adjectives.
“Big” is imprecise. How big? The size of a bus? A skyscraper? A planet?
Most new writers don’t realize that editors love sharp, concise writing. When they see fluffy modifiers they send Mark Twain’s ghost to scare the empty adjectives out of your submission. Since ghost writers can cost a fortune, take all the big, pretty adjectives out yourself.
Since we all need to move forward, my Current Lofty Goal (AKA something I need to do, but tend to put off) Finish out NaNoWriMo, writing a 50,000 word novel during the month of November.
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