Springboard for the Rest of the Day

I find that doing something important and positive first thing in the morning jump-starts me for the rest of the day. There’s still work to be done; the day won’t be a breeze. But doing something good right off the bat puts you in the right mentality. I got up at 4 AM, put in my two hours, and now I’m gonna go work out. The writing gets me out of bed. It’s not easy. There are so many little roadblocks in those two hours. Sometimes I think I can’t manage another word. My mind says, “Nope, you’ve lost it. …

When It All Gets Deleted

I was an hour and a half into my writing today and got comfortable. So I stared off at something and when I looked back, it was all gone. I’d taken longer than five seconds to press a key and Flowstate did its thing and deleted everything. I deserved it. I woke up late, I was distracted, I kept looking at the time, and it all got tossed out. I was down at first. But Fernanda reminded me that (1) when this has happened in the past, my writing was always better the second time and that (2) I should …

I (Almost) Didn’t Write Today

Yesterday, I posted about my new 4 AM writing habit, but today I gave into the snooze button. When I woke up, I said I’d write later. I avoided the writing with everything I had. Scrolled through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, then back to Facebook. My mind told me to just try again tomorrow. Resistance: “You’re better at 4 AM anyway. Just read today. Do something else. You can still be productive. You don’t even have anything to say right now. Two hours? There’s no way you’ll get through two hours. The writing’s gonna suck. I can feel it. Might as …

New Habit: 4 AM Writing

No one’s up at 4 AM. There’s nothing to distract me. I have my protein shake with coffee, and I hit the Flowstate. I don’t wanna even give myself the chance to say, “I’ll do it later.” I’m prioritizing my writing. Two hours a day, every day, first thing in the morning. I’ve done this for the last week and written more than I had written the month before. Make sure you’re building habits that get you closer to your goals every day.

Keep At It

In anything worth doing, there comes a point where you break through to a higher level and it becomes much harder. Like a promotion or a new belt in judo. It’s tough. You feel like you’re learning it all over again. I’m going through that right now. My fiction is becoming deeper, more personal, closer to my real experience and pain. That’s scary! I’ve avoided writing for a few days, but today I went back at it and I’m proud of it. I’m proud of sitting down and doing the thing. We have to trust the process. Stephen King says …