Hello Dear Readers,
When I first got into writing seriously again, it couldn't escape my notice that, for a woman who had "no time", I was certainly frittering plenty of it away.
So I began to ask myself one question before each time-killer.
How will this help me achieve my goals?It seems simple, but it helped put everything in a clearer perspective. How will watching a rerun of 90210 help me achieve my goal of becoming a published author? Not at all. How about reading just "one more chapter" of someone else's novel? Again, not at all. (Yes, it's important for writers to read other authors' work, but trust me, I do that enough!) How will surfing the Internet help? Chatting on Facebook? Online shopping? Cleaning the house? I'm sure you can guess the answer to those.
There are thousands of books about how to become a successful author, but I can save you the time and expense of buying and reading them by sharing this very simple formula. If you want to be a writer, there is really only one thing you must do.
Walk over to your desk. Plant your butt in the chair. Write. Repeat. Frequently.
Trust me, it's simple, but it works. Eventually.
The next time you find yourself not accomplishing anything, try my one question.
How will this help me achieve my goals?
Your television consumption may suffer, but I'm guessing that's the only thing that will!
How do you motivate yourself?