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Just Keep Showing Up!

It’s the end of May, and today when headed outdoors, I wore my winter coat. Lately, I never know what to wear and end up being alternately too cold or too warm. I thrive in sunshine, and these cold, grey days are really getting me down. But in the words of Neneh Cherry, “Somedays are better than somedays.”

Hopefully, by now all of you brave souls who are on this journey with me have experienced Flow, however fleeting. It would be wonderful if every time you sat down to write, the words just poured from your soul so that you had to literally pull yourself away from your writing in order to attend to other important aspects of your life. Sadly, that is not the case.

Some days you sit and stare at a blank page or a blank screen and ideas and words elude you. You got nothing. Nada. Moments like these can leave you feeling discouraged and wondering to yourself, “What the hell am I doing?”

Blue is the color that she feels inside...

Try not to despair; this is part of the process. Sorry, maybe I should have warned you about that sooner 😐. When you get stuck or feel uninspired, the thing to do is just keep showing up. Everyday. Just as you promised yourself at the start of this journey. Commit to putting your butt in the seat and giving it your best effort, rain or sunshine. As simple as it sounds, that is one of the things that separates the dreamers from the doers – even when you think you got nothing, you show up. Because even when you think you are not making progress, each actual attempt is more fuel and sustenance that you’re feeding your subconscious mind to use to continue working on your project long after your writing session has ended. And slowly, increment by increment, day by day, your story starts taking shape, and you begin to see that you are actually doing this thing!

Each day, give it the very best that you can on that particular day – some days you’ll have more to give than others. Trust the process, and just keep showing up!


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