Thursday, October 22, 2015

Writer's Cave

I've been missing from social media. A lot. I haven't been on Twitter as much, and my blog has been sorely neglected. That's because I've been hiding out in my little writer's cave. 

This happens to me when I'm about 75% done with a manuscript.  It's this magical point where all of the pieces of my story are fitting together in just the right way. I fully understand my characters and their arcs and all the threads of the mystery have been laid out. All I have left to do is pull it together in a fantastic set of moments. 

It's the best time. 

It's also the time I drop off the planet. It's like my mind can only think about my manuscript and getting it done. When I sit down to my computer, all I want to do is get the words out of my head and onto the page. I barely glance at anything else. 

Oh, and it's not just my social media that I slack off on. It's housecleaning. Cooking. Going out with my friends. Reading. I practically become a hermit. Anything that can be put off is. 

Which sounds bad, but it's really not. There is nothing I want to do more than be writing which is why everything else fades away. It's the part of the process I live for. It's what keeps me excited and slugging through the middle of the book when I'm growling and grumpy, thinking why in the dickens did I ever start this project to begin with. 

This morning, I finished my manuscript. Whoo, hoo! 


While there's still a ton of work to do on the novel, (edit, edit and edit some more) I'm crawling out of my cave and joining the land of the living. 

Now excuse me while I go clean my house. :)

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

The Link Between Positivity and Success

Last week, I read this article and I've been thinking a lot about it. 

The basic premise is this: if you want to improve your finances - and other areas of your life, the best thing you can do is stop complaining. 

That's right. Quit the whining and the bellyaching and watch your bank account grow.  

Well, not exactly. :)

Now, we've all heard something similar to this before. Think positive. Ask, believe, receive. The law of attraction. The concept that our positive and negative thoughts can actually bring good or bad into our lives isn't a new or radical concept. 

I think what struck me about this article wasn't just the idea that people should stop complaining, it was that they should take it one step further. "... the wealthy are deliberate about choosing their friends, and their choices have implications for their success and their net worth."

If you want success, surround yourself with people who are both achievers and positive

We all know people who are successful but miserable about it. They complain about how much work they have to do, how things aren't right, how they don't have time to eat, sleep, think, etc. They moan and groan to anyone who will listen. Every hill they tackle only gives them grief and they are never really happy about anything. 


These are not the people to be around. 

Now, of course, everyone had struggles and problems. And we all have moments where those struggles get the best of us. However, positive, successful people pick themselves up and turn those challenges around. Instead of complaining about the issues, they tackle them, overcome them and move on. They see problems as simply things that must be worked through. 


Surrounding yourself with problem solvers who see life's glass as half full, according to the article, will make it easier to you to achieve your own success. I think there might be some truth to that. 

What do you think? Do you believe surrounding yourself with positive people can change how you view the world and yourself?

Thursday, September 10, 2015

September Scheduling

It's that time of the year again. The kids are going back to school. 


My little minions are actually excited. That will last for...a week. Maybe. Probably about the time they start getting homework will be when their enthusiasm wanes. 

For me, it means entering into a brand new schedule. A more productive one, thank goodness, and also one that is a bit more structured.

It also means loading up on my own "school" supplies. I use the month of September to get myself organized and put together for the year. There is something so awesome about purchasing new pens and notebooks I'll use for planning my next projects. 

There was a blog hop recently about this. A bunch of successful writers got together and discussed some very good tips and tricks for organization and scheduling. I learned a ton and I can't wait to start implementing some of  their suggestions this month. 

If you have a chance, you should take a look at it too. And don't forget to pop back over and let me know which tips you found the most helpful!