Reposted: You Are Doing Your Best

Once again, I must leave you without a personal Vocational Vivications post, readers. Things are picking up behind the scenes here at Song, and I have yet to find the time to write an adequate article on this subject. Rest assured that this author is working on other articles as well as for your future entertainment. It’s a balance that is not easy to keep.
In the meantime, please enjoy Miss McDowell’s post linked below.

 

Sometimes I feel like I’m too harsh. Too tough. My writing advice is supposed to be motivational, a “kick your struggling butt into action” kind of push. People need that. Too many writers are hand-held and participation-trophied through their early writing years and have no idea how to handle the “real” publishing world once there’s no one looking out for them anymore.

They need someone to tell them to shape up and get to work. I love being that person. I have very little tolerance for excuses and nonsense. If you’ve read even one of my blog posts, you likely already know this.

Butt here’s a time and place for that kind of talk. Not every word of advice you get from this blog has to be in-your-face “write or you’ll never succeed.” I forget that sometimes. I’m hard on myself and sometimes too hard on you too. Every once in a while I have to take a step back and let my gentler side take over.

So this is a nice post about how awesome you are, because you are. We all are. Because we are all, whether it feels like it or not, doing the best we possibly can.

All joking aside, being a writer is hard. Like, extremely challenging. It’s not just that the act of telling a story with words is in itself a treacherous hurdle. Trying to do the writing things while also doing all the other responsible adult things is so difficult that I’m pretty sure no one actually has this whole “work-life balance” thing figured out.

Every writer has their own hurdles, their own obstacles they must navigate through in order to emerge successful. And some obstacles are almost always changing while others remain constant, dull aches that keep nagging at you no matter what you do to try to suppress them.

Think of how you feel when you’re at your “best.” It’s a pretty great place to be. You’re getting everything done, checking tasks off your list left and right. You wake up early and get half your writing done before the sun even comes up. The words are just flowing out of you almost effortlessly. You could keep writing all day without stopping, it seems.

Read more….

(P.S. Don’t forget to pick up your copy of Cirsova’s Summer Special at Amazon or Barnes & Noble today!)

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