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Clicking On and Off…

Writing doesn’t work like a light switch. You can’t just switch it on and off at your whim, can you? I sometimes struggle with writer’s block. It feels as though the writer in me has been turned off, but it wasn’t my choice. Some days this scares me because I love to write, what if it doesn’t flip back on?  So, what controls your switch? Good question huh!

I’ve worked on this question for a while and here’s what I came up with. It’s not an exact science, but it makes sense, for me that is.

Life controls my switch a good bit of the time. I’ve realized that when something is going on in my life, usually something stressful, life turns the switch off. No matter how hard I try, what comes out of my mind through my fingers isn’t satisfying. So, control the stress, keep the switch on. Easier said than done.

Guess what else controls your switch, other story characters. I noticed that when I decide to work on just one story, another story’s character steps in and holds the switch. It’s as though they’re saying, ‘work on my story or the switch goes off, your choice’. The only way to deal with this is to at least give the other story a few lines, then the switch is untouched.

Does this sound crazy? Think about it. How many times has your switch went off and you struggled to get it back on? Did you have something going on or was there another story pushing at you? Now you’re seeing what I’m talking about.

Try to push stress out when it starts in and give the other characters looming in your brain a little love, it might help.

What flips your switch?

As always, good writing and May God Bless You…

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If it goes to your head, you could lose!

If you’re a writer you know how hard it is to get you ideas on paper or in the computer. Then to get it edited and polished. Then you have to get it published and make a sale. It’s hard work.

The joy of a writer is getting published, but don’t let that joy get to your head. It’s really hard not to sit back and say, ‘Oh my goodness, I’m a published writer’. Then you make your first sale and your mind goes crazy. Well, keep a level head. Don’t push yourself past what you can handle. Take it slow and enjoy the time.

It’s the same way in any kind of leadership, goal achieved or book sale. If you let the power go to your head, then you could easily make a bad decision that could cost you a lot. If you use the power to manipulate others for your own cause, then you can easily lose that power. It’s the same with book sales and goals. Don’t manipulate the power you have.

As you know I own a business and I could easily let it go to my head. I’m proud of my accomplishments, but I also know that it could easily hit rock bottom and go under. I have to keep working hard to keep it alive. I treat it like a start up business daily. 

I also treat my writing business like that. Sales can be up today and crash tomorrow. Never over look down falls. They can happen at the drop of a hat.

Leadership is the same way. If you overstep your authority it can trickle down the line and then your leadership is worthless. Keep a level head and don’t use your authority to get your own agenda up front. Use leadership as an honor and use it for good. Use your leadership whether its in your business, writing, or any other place as a way to teach, not to let it go to your head. 

As always, this is just thoughts running through my head. I’ve seen so many writers let their success go to their heads, then it takes over. I’ve seen it happen to business owners. They let the success of their business make them soft, then they let the business slip through their fingers and then they’re out of business. 

Good writing friends and May God Bless You…