Writers love people reading what they have poured their time into, and revel in the constructive comments and praise. All of this keeps a writer going and encourages the creation of another piece of work; however, there is something else important. This is the hope that something great will come of all this writing and that it will generate enough income to be able to spend more time it.
There must be so many people that give up with the writing for various reasons and do something less interesting for a while, with a glimmer of hope that one day they will have the time to take up writing again. Are you one of those people? Hold onto that hope whilst you consider the following questions:
- Do you sit at work or do the housework, wishing you could be writing?
- Do you watch the TV, but all the time thoughts are entering your head about what you can write about?
- Do you go out walking wishing you had a notebook so that you can write random thoughts down?
- Do you wish you had more time to just sit, think and make notes without interruptions?
- Do you have lots of ideas, but no time to turn them into anything?
- Do you want to be an even better writer this time next year?
The New Year is approaching…
There is something so clean and fresh about the 1st January. As we approach the New Year it’s a brilliant time to create those resolutions. The few posts that I’ve seen dotted around the blogging world over the last few days have told me that next year most writers want to be published, want to spend more time writing, want to become a better writer and so on.
That brings me to a quote by Noel Walker, author of Get the Life you Want and founder of OpenLeaf. He’s also a life coach, mentor and a very good friend of mine – I always trust everything he says. Noel explains how goals start of as thoughts that we think will make us happier, and these form a part of our everyday lives. Thinking makes us focus our attention in a particular direction, but how can we compare an everyday thought with a goal or resolution?
“What differentiates the everyday thought from our wants, dreams and desires is that everyday thoughts will only ever hold our attention fleetingly, whereas the latter captures it.” Noel Walker, Get the Life you Want
So, as you set your goals, make sure that they are going to be things that you know will make you happy (not things that you feel you ought to do). Noel Walker also says that “after a goal is achieved it starts to lose its value”. When this happens, don’t lose hope – just remember to look out for new horizons that will open up as a result of achieving this goal. Things can be even greater than you imagine if you just have hope.
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That just leaves me one last message
Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas wherever you are.
I’ll try and post something festive tomorrow.
Until Christmas Day…