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Avoid Insanity – Stay Connected to Your Writing Goals

As a writer one of the most important and yet difficult things to do is to stay on track with writing goals. Often we

Me, time away, writing at the Willamette Writers House in Portland.

Me, time away, writing at the Willamette Writers House in Portland.

have jobs, children, spouses (life in general) who don’t or can’t understand how important writing is to us and what it takes to reach our objectives. They don’t comprehend what it does to us when we don’t write. Kafka once famously said, “A non-writing writer is a monster courting insanity.” [Letter to Max Brod, July 5, 1922]” ― Franz Kafka

So true . . . at least in my house. Thankfully, my husband understands, and wisely heads those blocked writing times off at the pass, which looks something like this; he takes my car keys away from me and says, “You are doing nothing this weekend but writing. I bought you some new green tea, and shortbread biscuits, go to your office now!”

I surrender whatever duties I thought needed attending, and trudge off to my office grateful to be married to a man who is terrified of that insane non-writing monster.

For me, in order to stay connected to writing goals and hopefully achieve them it’s as important to have alone time — a lot of alone time —as it is to be connected to like-minded creatures. It’s vital to my creative process to rejuvenate and stay charged.

But how?

Legendary speaker and author, Jim Rohn said, “You’re the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” And once spoken this concept traveled the globe becoming famous, largely because this bite sized bit of wisdom is true.

So, who do you hang with? Writers or non-writers?

Do you want to write more better (Ha!J), improve your poetic style and rhyming verses??? Then read poetry and write with poets, attend poetry readings. Do you want to be published and learn about marketing? Then find a group of authors who work on that every day and sit at the feet of those masters (if they’ll let you). Join clubs and writing associations and actually attend the meetings. Do you simply need to connect to others who struggle to write every day and who want someone to hear their voice? Find or create a writers group. The key to sustaining your creative energy and meeting your goals is to respect your alone time and create a safe place to be with your writing, and then CONNECT, CONNECT, and CONNECT! Don’t let that lonely, non-writing monster override your goals and aspirations.


2 comments on “Avoid Insanity – Stay Connected to Your Writing Goals

  1. M
    February 19, 2015

    LOVED this. Especially the part about how we’re the average of the five people we spend the most time with. So true!

    • Mindy
      February 19, 2015

      Thanks, Meagan, and yes, the ‘5 people’ thing is life changing. Cheers, Mindy

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