“Do one thing everyday that scares you.” Eleanor Roosevelt

For many writers, that “one thing” is the story we are writing.

Ha!

Well, speaking for myself, I find this to be the case when the writing isn’t going well, when the words aren’t flowing, and things are just NOT working out.

Hmm . . .

But if I STOP working on the story at this point, it only makes things worse.

Sigh.

Not working on the story when I am stumped makes it a BIG deal,

and that makes it scarier,

and if I put it off even longer . . .

it gets even MORE difficult.

Writing a book is just like being the main character in a book.

When the story begins, things are going just fine…
and then the trouble starts. (This is the end of Act 1.)
In Act 2, things get worse . . .
and worse . . .
and WORSE!
Act 2 ends with a moment of ENLIGHTENMENT
when the main character (or the writer!) figures out what to do . . .
In Act 3, there is a massive struggle,
and finally, success!

In MOST of the story, the main character does NOT succeed.
Things go wrong — over and over and OVER again.

For MOST of the story, the writer does NOT succeed.
Things go wrong — over and over and OVER again.

The only way the main character (or the writer!) will succeed is to KEEP GOING . . .

Is it scary?
Yes.
Is it frustrating?
Yes.
Is it how the creative process works?
Yes.

If you don’t keep writing, you won’t get to the end of Act 2.
If you don’t keep writing, you won’t reach the moment of ENLIGHTENMENT.

Will you do one scary thing
each day –and keep writing?

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