How was your weekend? Mine was good. Got my comics, crosswords, and a calendar for 2016.
In this post, I said I might post today for a special reason, and I thought I should.
That reason is:
Today is the last day of August 2015.
Two-thirds of the year has floated by already. And it’s not often a month ends on a Monday (or at least it seems like it’s not too often–maybe I’m just blocking things out).
What does all that really mean?
We start another page, another month, and the rest of the year. New opportunities, submissions, blog posts, bids for copywriting jobs (mostly for me, on that last one).
As well as me working on putting my pixels down on paper in the midst of doing other things. Mary Rosenblum, the webmaster at Long Ridge Writer’s Group, once said on a forum chat (I think it was), something to the effect of “Your success as a writer will be determined by the amount of things you say ‘no’ to.”
And that’s a hard pill to swallow, I’ve gotta admit it. But that doesn’t make it any less true.
What does that mean for you?
You have your own goals, skills, and more that are unique to you. As well as ideas for how to use them.
New months are also the chance to form new habits, and be excited about what lies ahead, instead of focusing on the “didn’ts” of the previous month(s). A new month is your empty chalkboard–free of dust, distractions, just you and your vision for the future. And it doesn’t matter if you’re a fiction writer, email copywriter, or some other kind of writer.
Granted, this is how every day of every month should be treated. And there’s nothing saying we can’t take on each hour of every day with the same amount of enthusiasm as the end of a month that marks two-thirds of a year being totally gone.
And why is that? Because my name is at the top of the list of people who need to put into practice what comes out of my mouth (or keyboard). It’s also worthwhile advice. Mostly because that kind of a plan involves more writing, or at least scheduling, of what needs to be done.
The first step to any plan is figuring out Point A (where you are now), and Point B (where you’d like to be, even if that’s an “eventually” type of thing). Which would involve more thinking and more writing. There’s also a place for planning ahead more than one month at a time, but that’s the subject for another post.
Before we close out, I’d like to thank you for staying with me for over a year and a half now, reading, commenting, or even those of you who just read occasionally. I hope every one of you has gotten something you can take away, to help you with your writing, goals, or what-have-ya.
And if you’ve got a comment, drop me a line below.
Until next month,