Gold Coast Writers Association writing competition
t is 100 years since the ANZACS stepped ashore at Gallipoli.
The last few weeks have been interesting. A few people have come to ask me how to start writing.
My guest blogger today is Sharon Black who has just released her novel, Going Against Type, a humorous, fun, romantic novel.
How do you define success?
- Having lots of money in the bank?
- Being the go-to guru in your specialist field?
- Retiring before legal retirement age?
For me, success is all about the effort and attitude I put into my project. Little effort means not much to show for the time spent on the project. I can't regain time I spend. I can only move forward and choose to use my time to work toward my goal. If I put a ho-hum effort in to write my book each day, it's going to take me a long time to finish the book. If I arrive at the keyboard bursting with energy with the intention of getting lots of words on the screen, I know I've already succeeded. My attitude has gotten me on my way to achieve my goal.
Aiming for success is applying yourself to today's task - now, in this moment.
Some days showing up at the keyboard is difficult. It's usually because I feel distracted by random thoughts about all kinds of subjects demanding my time and wanting to be written. This includes my characters knocking on the door to come inside with me, too. To help me achieve the success on these crazy mind days, I take 30 minutes to an hour of my time to write out my thoughts and then I meditate to still the mind so that the creative process can begin. This hour is time well spent because it makes me more productive. It's better to spend an hour to clear the mind than to fight my way through the hundreds of things I'm trying to remember.
A computer works best with no bugs tripping the process and so our mind works best with fewer random thoughts.
Are you succeeding today? Have you shown up for success this week? I'd love to hear how easy or hard it was for you.