Ever Had to Force Yourself?

How was your weekend? Mine was normal, with the shopping trip and what-have-ya.

Let’s get to it for today.

About the title here…have you ever? When the words won’t come, you can’t really think clearly, but you know you should be writing, or marketing, or doing more?

What do you do?

Well, right now, I’m forcing myself, a little bit, to write this, to tell you it’s not all sunshine and kitty cats all the time.

And there are a couple things that I’m going to be doing right now, to make things a little easier for me.

Maybe they can help you, too. Here’s hoping.

Number one, remember how far you’ve come and what’s led you up to today. Yes, even if you know you could/should be doing more. I’ve come a long way since my days proofreading for Project Gutenberg and ghostwriting kids’ books. I don’t write as much fiction as I used to–and that’s something I’ll be getting back into. I also entered a paid writing contest for the first time ever, which was significant for me. Think of any successful projects or attempts you’ve had in the past.

Number two, be grateful for your past, good and bad. This is huge, and I’ve fallen short of this just as hugely in the past. When I completed those children’s books, I didn’t get paid a whole lot of money, but I did learn about how to write for a younger audience–something I hadn’t done very much of, up to that point. I’ve been bumped and bruised (and that’s not just from the rejections of a lot of my fiction pieces). I’m learning more and more every day.

Number three, remember two of the greatest building blocks of success…

TRYING AND FAILING.

A copywriting guy who’s made his clients millions told me in a mastermind group: “Businesses are built on failure. If you’re not failing, you’re not trying very hard.”

I’m saying from experience that it’s hard sometimes to be proud that you’ve tried and failed–sometimes all you can see is that failure–like a big red LOSER stamp on your forehead that everyone can see, no matter where you go.

That’s mostly not true, though. Since most people aren’t mind-readers, they can’t know you’ve tried and failed XYZ until you actually tell them you did.

Before we close out for today, I have to ask: What about you? Are there days you have to force yourself to write? Or other days you think this craft really isn’t for you, but deep down, you know it is? Drop me a line in the comments, and let me know.

Until next time,

Ty

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About Ty Mall

Thanks for stopping by. I've almost always been interested in writing, among other things. Along with discovering pop culture, I've uncovered a lot about the craft over the past 10 years. And whether you're a fiction writer or email copywriter, I'm here to pass on what I've found out. And have a ton of fun in the process.
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