Ciao, amici! How was your week? Mine was a mixed bag. I started rolling out some new features on my blog and hope to continue that next week. Every day, Monday through Friday, now has a theme, though I’m willing to preempt days (primarily Tuesdays) for promotions.
I’m taking weekends off. No posting, no reading posts, no social media, no writing or editing (unless I’m terribly behind). This seven-day-a-week schedule has finally broken me. I may (and I stress may) clean out my email just to make my Mondays easier, but I really need the break for my mental health.
Speaking of social media and emails, I’ve had discussions with several writing friends lately (you know who you are) who have been doubting themselves. This boggles my mind, as I’ve read their work (novels, novellas, short stories… even blog posts) and I find them all talented.
Then, I realized, we all suffer doubts. I know I do. And that’s how I came to choose this week’s quote by Mark Twain:
Focus more on your desire than on your doubt,
and the dream will take care of itself.
I know, it’s probably easier said than done. I’m guilty of letting doubt win the battle over desire, too. I’m going to try to be better about that.
This week I had my professional goals meeting at work. Once again, a lot of changes are coming for me and my various pen names. And some of my responsibilities will be changing, too. Some of the changes I’m excited about, other’s I’m kind of dreading. All of them are causing me to doubt myself in one way or another. So, I’m going to try to take Mr. Twain’s advice and let myself dream. I hope you find the strength to do the same.
Let’s talk about our doubts and dreams, shall we? Leave a comment below.
And now, this week’s writing links:
Posts by me, about my work, or at sites I contribute to:
- Scrivener Compiling Primer | P.H. Solomon
- Clichés | Joan Hall
- Five for Friday/Book Share Mashup | P.H. Solomon
Posts by others in the industry:
- Quick Create Character Guide (*language) | Chuck Wendig
- Tension at the Micro Level | Writer’s Fun Zone
- When Writers Hit the “Wall” | Kill Zone
- Point of View | Fiction University
- Inspirational Bestselling Author Stories | AutoCrit
- Avoiding the Saggy Middle | MFRA
- BookBub Ads | David Gaughran
- Character Description Crib Sheet | The Happy Guy Writing Services
- The Positive Character Arcs | Helping Writers Become Authors
- The Negative Character Arcs | Helping Writers Become Authors
- Work-from-Home Writing Market | Nicholas C. Rossis
- Things Authors Aren’t Doing But Should Be | Indies Unlimited
- Hook a Reader with Questions | The Write Practice
- When Telling (Not Showing) is Right | Writers Helping Writers
- Why Book Blurbs are Crucial | Kobo Writing Life
- How to Write a Real Page-Turner, Part 3 | Fiction University
- Bizarro Fiction | Standout Books
- Elizabeth Bell’s 10 Writing Tips | Shelley Wilson
To make you smile:
- They Should Have Asked My Husband | Smorgasbord
- Monday Chuckles | Bluebird of Bitterness
- Monday Writing Smiles | Marcia Meara
- Monday Funnies | The Storyreading Ape
- Statistics | The Storyreading Ape
- Laughter Lines | Smorgasbord
- Twiggy Goes to the Vet | John W. Howell
And when you’re done with these links, don’t forget to check out the sidebar, where you’ll find more links to some of my favorite sites.
Have a great weekend! Arrivederci!