Minor Setbacks, Frustrations, Oh No!

Minor Setbacks, Frustrations, Oh No!

Minor Setbacks, Frustrations, Oh No! Dear Blog, You're probably wondering how my plan is going, but it's too early to tell. Actually, I don't want to talk about it. The good news is, I haven't experienced the new-shiny-object syndrome. So, that's a plus. On the other hand, my word count is taking a hit. I'd say I don't know what's wrong with me, but it's a classic case. No, not writer's block. That's just an excuse to justify laziness. It's... not feeling the story. I'm not connecting with it the way I need to. I'm not focusing. I'm also not feeling energized, so I'm letting that get in the way of my work. It's been a while since I ate a salad or had much for vegetables and I think that's really the root of the problem. It's easier and quicker to go for the meals you simply heat up on the stove and then eat. The colder outside temperatures also don't get me excited about eating cold salads. So,...
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It’s Time to Focus!

It’s Time to Focus!

It's Time to Focus! Dear Blog, The other day, I wrote about distractions as well as stress and overwhelm due to self-imposed deadlines (check it out here). Well, today, I have some excellent news and a great tip. I shared my inner monologue on Facebook and Twitter the other day. It went like this: After I posted that, I proceeded to choose my three projects... But then I got to thinking. I've been spreading my writing focus too thin (clearly) and it feels like I'm getting virtually nowhere (no surprise). And in six months, at my current rate, maybe I'll have five new books to release. That's a huge maybe because I keep getting distracted. But the more distracted I get, the more frustrated I become because every time I turn around, I'm barely any farther ahead on one single project than I was a few weeks ago. So, something clearly had to change. Hence my inner monologue. Which is quite common with writers. We get these...
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Distractions, Stress, Oh My!

Distractions, Stress, Oh My!

Distractions, Stress, Oh My! Dear Blog, It’s been a while since I last wrote an article for you. I’ve grappled with not feeling like I have anything to say and feeling too overwhelmed with self-imposed deadlines to want to spend the time to write your articles. I also have three needy pets who add to my stress levels whenever they want to cuddle or get attention. The moaning and grunting gets really annoying. Anyway, I have a plan. To sit down twice a week and just write what comes out. I’m so often distracted by things like needy pets, the ringing phone, the noises the refrigerator makes, the random sounds of our old 1949 home, and just about anything that moves or makes a sound. Or when the cat splashes his paw in the water pail before taking a drink. I guess that means I’m too highly tuned to being distracted that just about anything distracts me. Which leads to another obvious reason - anxiety. What...
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