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Distraction Responses To Protect Time During 30 Day Novel Writing Challenge Again In 2016

Good evening! Divert Distractions! Wanted to share a post I wrote in preparation for last year’s 30-Day writing challenge  that really helped me to stay focused – I will use it again in 2016. Hope you enjoy!

Protect your time  as we embark  on this amazing 30-day challenge. There will be many distractions – phone calls, dishes, laundry, errands, newly released books, the list has no ending – now, with 3 hours and 10 minutes left to start the writing madness – I want to encourage you to plan your divergence strategy with me. Let’s practice a few responses to some distractions that may arise as an attempt to lead us astray from our chair and keyboard for 30 days of November. Here’s a few:

“Not now, I am only 500 words shy of my daily goal!”

“Oh, did I forgot to inform you that I selected you as my chore replacement for the next 30 days!” 

“Give me these 30 days, and I am yours for the next 335!”

“I cannot! – Why? Because my butt is literally glued to this chair for the next 30 days! Seriously!” (This one is my favorite!)

“I will eat – if you will feed me – while I keep my fingers on this keyboard!”

“Did I forget to send that urgent memo to the famous coffee shop requesting to keep their stores open for 24 hours in November?”

“Hello, You have reached the voice mail of a novel writer, I am unavailable to take any calls for  the next 30 days. I will return all calls after November 30th. If this is an emergency, please make it wait until after November 30th. Thank you for calling!”

“Do not disturb! In the process of writing a great novel!”

I would love to hear some of your prepared responses to divert the distractions that will surface in November.

© Daily Writer Girl

 

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Protecting Values In A Competitive Writing Market

Good afternoon! What do you stand for? This question is very valuable to me! If my work is not congruent with my values – I can feel it! I pause and rewind to evaluate how those words landed on the page – the ones that do NOT match my values. Needless to say –  I have become good friends with the delete key. Lol. I cannot send a piece of work out into the void unless it matches my values! I realize that I am sheltering my creativity – but I am gaining something much more valuable in the process of protecting my values. I once observed an elementary student share with an audience of parents how they protect their values daily. The courage this young student displayed filled my heart with joy. When our standards are a part of our core values then every decision we make, each day, is matched against them  – from what we decide to wear – to what we choose to pour into our minds – to who we allow into our personal space – to the issues we choose to keep our voice silent versus the issues we must speak and write to allow our voice to be heard.  My research has proven the writing market to always be competitive because we all have incredible stories to share – it’s always been a matter of whom we can persuade to believe in our story as much as we do! Today’s market is more competitive because we have the benefit of more mediums to display our great work, thus many more choices for readers to decide which they will devote their time. Will you decrease your standards to win a reader? Or will you wait patiently for the reader who is searching for a writer with solid standards that match their values? I am curious to know how you protect your values, in today’s writing market?

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Distraction Responses To Protect Time During 30 Day Novel Writing Challenge

Good afternoon! Divert Distractions! I want to offer encouragement to all fellow November novel writers to protect your time as we embark  on this amazing 30 day challenge. There will be many distractions – phone calls, dishes, laundry, errands, newly released books, the list has no ending – now, with 58 hours left to start the writing madness – I want to encourage you to plan your divergence strategy with me. Let’s practice a few responses to some distractions that may arise as an attempt to lead us astray from our chair and keyboard for 30 days of November. Here’s a few:

“Not now, I am only 500 words shy of my daily goal!”

“Oh, did I forgot to inform you that I selected you as my chore replacement for the next 30 days!” 

“Give me these 30 days, and I am yours for the next 335!”

“I cannot! – Why? Because my butt is literally glued to this chair for the next 30 days! Seriously!” (This one is my favorite!)

“I will eat – if you will feed me – while I keep my fingers on this keyboard!”

“Did I forget to send that urgent memo to the famous coffee shop requesting to keep their stores open for 24 hours in November?”

“Hello, You have reached the voice mail of a novel writer, I am unavailable to take any calls for  the next 30 days. I will return all calls after November 30th. If this is an emergency, please make it wait until after November 30th. Thank you for calling!”

“Do not disturb! In the process of writing a great novel!”

I would love to hear some of your prepared responses to divert the distractions that will surface in November.

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Passion Keeps Writer Awake

Good morning! What I love about being a writer is that it sharpens my perception because I am always in observation mode. There is a slight caveat to this amazing sense – it heightens my passions. Allow me to explain – when I observe a person being treated “unfairly” it eats at the very core of my soul because unfair treatment is cruel! Many adults can advocate for themselves, but children do not always have the tools to advocate for themselves – what is most important is that they should not have to – any adult who chooses to treat a child in an unfair manner is a cruel human being! Children are gifts and they should be valued and treasured to the highest degree! I have a passion for protecting children – being their voice when they are not able to speak or when I feel that they should not have to speak, instead be allowed to be a child because we all only get one chance to be a child – therefore, their innocence and freedom should be shielded to allow them do so in a safe and healthy environment – anything below this level is simply unacceptable! This is what keeps me awake in the wee hours of the night;  typing  at 5am. Writing is therapy for my soul. Some issues we can resolve immediately – others, when unfair treatment is involved, takes time. When my passion and patience collide, as it is this morning, then I use writing to calm my soul. Most of the time it works! Sometimes the only thing that works is to have justice prevail in the matter that keeps me awake – unfortunately, justice is a slow process — I fill in that time with writing, writing, and more writing! It is these such matters that is the genesis of many great stories.  Passion ignites a flame so strong inside my soul that I sometimes cannot contain the flow of words lined up to jump onto the pages and express, in written form, what I am feeling inside. When I see my words patterned on the pages – I can then process my feelings that have been stirred inside. This is when one of my journal exercises prove to be effective – the freedom I feel to express myself in my journal feels like “therapy in a bottle” – one journal session can equate to an entire year of therapy because I give myself permission to release all internal intrusions in a very safe environment. I shield this healthy environment that I have built for myself. A dream that I have is for all children in this world to be nurtured by emotionally healthy adults who will protect their innocence, to allow them freedom to express their creativity in a safe environment which will allow them to have the confidence to reach their full potential.  Until that goal is achieved…..I write!

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Writers: Beware of Cynics Squashing Your Creativity

Good afternoon! Ah, the sun is shining brightly above a frozen pond – what a beautiful January day! Writers, I want to send a warning your way today…to inspire you to intentionally protect your creativity from cynics. Webster’s definition of cynic is, simply, “a cynical person”. Further defining the actions of a ‘cynical’ person to be “denying the sincerity of people’s motives and actions”. Think about that – to deny – ‘deny’ is “1 to declare (a statement) untrue, 2 refuse to accept as true or right, and 4 to refuse to grant or give”. Wow – I heard “refuse” in two of those definitions. Now let’s throw in some of Webster’s synonyms for emphasis – for cynical – “scornful and disrespectful” are just a few. Webster also maps this word to ‘critic’ defined as “one who finds fault”. Further defining the act of being ‘critical’ as, “of or forming a crisis”. — Isn’t that interesting! ‘Crisis’ – meaning – “a decisive or crucial time, stage, or event”. Keep in mind that cynics are clever, they will make negative comments in a covert manner-so be careful to listen to negative comments made in a generalized tone because cynics have been known to entice one to laugh at a joke that is aimed directly at the person who is laughing. Hmm…you might not realize that the joke was aimed at you until the laughter has settled and the meaning of the words rise and smack you in the face – having you toss around questions such as, “Wait a minute — was she referring to me in that joke?” This a perfect tactic that cynics use to persuade you to believe that it could have ‘possibly’ been you they were referencing – known as the ‘doubt’ trap! When these seeds of doubt are planted in your mind, the goal is to decrease your belief in your ability to write creatively and produce a high word count. The writing process happens in stages; creativity being a critical stage — doubt tends to hit this stage the hardest — therefore, it is essential to protect this stage of your writing process from the negative energy that cynics bring. I challenge you to create a cynical character and allow them to interact with your non-cynical characters. This is an eye-opening exercise that will help you to identify cynics in your real life. Your observation of a person’s intent will empower you to protect your creative writing process from cynics who refuse to believe that you can succeed. Prove them wrong – by exercising your creativity, doubt-free, and producing a high daily word count!

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