One thing I’ve learned as someone who suffers from OCD and depression is that watching your thoughts is one of the best things you can do for yourself. I mean, with OCD you can’t always helps what comes into your head. BUT, you can choose to add positive thoughts into the mix. This positive mindset influences mood and how you see yourself.
But lately, I’ve been slipping. Telling lies to myself. Beating myself up over the littlest thing. It’s not healthy, and that unhealthiness will absolutely creep into your professional life. Everything is connected, to quote Dirk Gently.
Here are some things I tell myself:
- You’re worthless
- No one likes you
- You’re a terrible writer
- You’re a terrible person
Here is how to combat those words…with the opposite, POSITIVE reality:
- Your worth comes from God, whose image you were made in; your worth is priceless
- You have friends who love and care about you
- You are not a terrible writer; you are learning, growing writer
- You, like any person, have good and bad behaviors. Choose to focus on the good, ask forgiveness for the bad.
Maybe that’s part of where getting untangled from writer’s block starts: in the mind.
What are your thoughts? I hope you’re thinking good things.
Keep your pen on the page,
Hello, lovely people of the internet!
Progress with the goblets novel is being made, slowly but surely. I shall finish this. I shall. I’ve been using Pacemaker for writers now for about a week. My daily goal is rather small, but if I keep to it, I will reach my desired word count goal on Halloween of this year.
I also need to add <11,000 words to the women’s fiction project. It’s slow going. I think I should really focus on one project at a time, but everything’s drawing me in like, “Ooh! I am shiny. Pick me! PICK ME!” Rawr.
AND, to top that all off, I got bitten by another plot bunny. Really need to give my muse the old Bob Barker treatment, if you know what I mean 😉
Have a blessed Good Friday. Remember: Sunday is coming.
Keep your pen on the page,
I have news–and I know how you like news. I’ve had a flash fiction (short story under 1,000 words) accepted for publication by Spark: A Creative Anthology. I’m not certain when it will come out, but I am quite chuffed, as the British say. I will keep you all posted and let you know when it comes out.
What else am I up to, you ask? Well…
- Writing (adding words to a finished manuscript and one 2/3rds finished manuscript)
- Submitting writing/querying
- Putting together a CV
- Keeping up with social media
- Running a creative writing group (in-person)
Oh, and I’m almost done reading The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul by Douglas Adams. Very funny. Very weird.
Until next time…
Keep your pen on the page and enjoy this cat pic!