The following article ( #15: And Then Along Came Twiggy… ) was written by a friend of ours, Sue Gannon. I reblogged it because she wrote it well and it’s important information. If you or anyone you know has ever struggled with self-image, this article is for you.
Eleanor Roosevelt said, “You wouldn’t worry so much about what others think of you if you realized how seldom they do.” People are so wrapped up in themselves that they hardly notice your flaws. But if you are so wrapped up in yourself that your flaws are all you can see, then it’s time to start unwrapping.
It’s possible that you have become your own worst enemy, your most ungracious critic. The illusion of perfection may have infiltrated your self-image, but the good news is that feelings of inferiority can be reversed.
Mark Twain said, “Comparison is the death of joy.” We’re going to look at some of those comparisons which zap our joy and block the path to true contentment.
Comparing ourselves to others begins at a very early age. Little babies carefully observe their parents behaviors and start imitating them as early as six months old. Being the…
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Ruth shares some unique insights of characteristics shared by both running and writing. Enjoy!
All By Myself
Remember that song from the 70s? It’s so tragically sad, but true. Nobody wants to be alone.
One of the many similarities between writing and running is that both can be lonely.
I run and train for marathons and even a few ultra marathons. I have also written 8 books. Writing and running can be lonely, but at least with running, you can ask friends to join you!
But with writing, it’s up to you and you alone to do the work. For me, that’s why I set goals for myself. Setting goals keeps me on task. I let others know about my goals so I am held accountable. It helps!
“Attend a conference or join a critique group!” some writers have told me. They explain how these two actions will help end the loneliness. But, as with running, you’ll still have many moments alone.
During the last ultra marathon race I participated in, I was hit with this realization. During the day, I ran alongside many runners, but once the sun goes down at mile 31, many runners leave or head to their tents to sleep. That’s when the race is at its toughest. The trail is dark, the air grows colder, and all you hear is the sound of your shoes on the gravel trail. At that point in the race, you’ll want to quit. Running is much easier with the cheers from spectators and other runners around you!
Yet, you have to keep going, putting one step in front of the other. Writing is the same way. Conferences are terrific! I love meeting other writers and attending workshops so I can learn more about the craft. Critique groups are so helpful. But once I return home from a conference or critique, however, I have to sit at my desk with the computer and work…ALONE.
Family and friends encourage you to write, as those race spectators encourage you to run and that does help. They patiently listen to you summarize your plot, describe your characters, and detail the setting, God bless them. Without them, you’d probably give up.
A race is a race, and there’s nothing like the feeling of seeing the Finish Line as you near the end. Same with writing. It is a race to the finish! We may have pending deadlines created by publishers or ourselves. These finish lines motivate us to stay the course.
Yes, as with running, writing can be lonely. Like training for a marathon, writing requires discipline and endurance.
Finally, as with racing, there is a prize at the end. A reward is needed to remind you why you set out to complete a grueling race or why you are determined to write a book. Make sure you have a reward set aside for yourself, whether it’s a release party, a dinner with family, or a vacation/retreat. Do something good for yourself, you deserve it!
After I complete a book, I throw a party. After an ultra marathon, my family and I usually go out to dinner so I have replace all those calories I burned off. All the pain and loneliness of training is worth it as I sit and celebrate with my family.
These are the lessons I have learned. I keep setting writing goals (I plan on publishing 3 books this year…) along with running goals (triathlons and a half marathon later this year) so that I am motivated to continue.
I stay motivated to endure to the end so I can cross that finish line with my head held high.
Keep running! Keep writing…
When Jewel Adams and her friends are needed in South America, they discover that something is terribly wrong. A malevolent enemy is zeroing in on Jewel, putting her in danger of losing herself, the people she loves, and her world. How can they stop him?
Watch the Voice of Viracocha trailer, and comment what you think of it below.
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I subscribe to several sites where I find important information and help as an author, including A Writer’s Path and The Book Review Directory. What a pleasant surprise to see my book, TERRA’S CALL, featured today!
Reviews mean several things to an author. We know someone has read our book, and we’re happy that they liked it, or we can learn from their critique if they don’t. Reviews can help move a book up the charts, and good reviews can help readers decide to purchase and read it.
It means a lot to me, and to other authors, when someone takes the time to write a review. Thank you, Kristine Kohut, for this one!
Author’s name: P.T.L. Perrin
Book Title: Terra’s Call: Book 1 of the TetraSphere Series
Genre of the book: Teen, Young Adult, Science Fiction, Adventure
The last Kindle Fire giveaway was such a success, I decided to do it again. You have thirty days from today, October 30, 2017, to enter to win a Kindle Fire 7 tablet with Alexa.
Click here to enter today! Don’t wait! You can earn more entries once you’ve registered on the website, and, if you aren’t on my newsletter list, you will be once you enter!
If you want to order Triton’s Call, click here to visit my website. Watch the trailer, order the book, and check out my other books!
Nanowrimo starts tomorrow. That’s National Novel Writing Month, where those of us who sign up for the challenge will write 50,000 words in 30 days.
I honestly did not think it could be done, and signed up the first time just to see how far I’d get. I wrote the first draft of Terra’s Call that time — 50,000 words of it.
Triton’s Call was born during Camp Nanowrimo in April, 2016. Again, the challenge was the same, and the first 50,000 words of the first draft happened.
I couldn’t stop there, so that November, I wrote the first draft of Voice of Viracocha, which should be released before Christmas! How could I possibly stop now? I have one more book to write to complete the TETRASPHERE series, and this is the month I hope to get the first draft done.
I’ll ask you to pray for me, as I’ll be praying for everyone who’s taking this challenge. It is not easy, especially during the Holiday season. I thank God for my Daughter-In-Law who will be doing Thanksgiving this year, and for her other Mother-In-Law and everyone else who is bringing goodies for the celebration. We have so much to be thankful for.
Feedback. We writers need it! We love those stellar reviews we get from our readers, but getting those reviews requires writing good books. For that, we need people to help us along the way.
Andrea Huelsenbeck lays out the reasons and the methods for giving and receiving great feedback. Here’s her guideline for critiquing another writer’s work, whether you’re in a critique group or a Beta reader. I’m paying attention! I hope you are, too.
How do you know if what you are writing is any good? Too often I reread something I wrote years ago (or days ago) and discover it’s shamefully incoherent.
Writing is a mostly solitary profession. We craft the words while alone. But we release them into the world at our peril if we don’t get some feedback first.
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