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Tuesday, 2 April 2013

B is for - Believe In Yourself

Believe - Maria A Smith

You've all heard the expression, 'Feel the fear and do it anyway' how true it seems to be...
What are you waiting for? You want to write that book, or finish that project don't you? You started a process when you first got the idea, put pen to paper, or tapped those keys with the first few sentences.

You started. You stalled. Then you stopped.

You might be waiting for the right moment to get going again, but that moment might never come, or worse perhaps its gone, and you feel you've missed it altogether. But have you? All is not lost. Why not pause for a moment, listen to your heart, your intuition, do you still feel something for your  forgotten project? That WIP (work in progress) that once set your mind whirring with excitement.

As you read my words, I hope its made you start thinking about those forgotten projects, put away to one side. Hand written in an old notebook, hidden in a file on your computer, or maybe languishing in a drawer in the spare room. Wherever, and whatever it is, consider taking action, believe in yourself, you can begin again.

Try something new to get going - why not challenge yourself for thirty days? Your time will become much more memorable, as you progress each day. And I'm not suggesting you start any big crazy idea, like Blogging from A to Z, or NaNoWriMo, (I'm smiling, seeing as this post is part of one, and the other I've done twice!)  making just one small change today, will have a positive effect on tomorrow. If you really want something badly enough, you will do it. You can do it.

That writing project, it might seem big and too awesome to tackle right now, but what if you broke it down into chunks, make an agreement with yourself that you'll spend 10 minutes a day reading over it, or typing it up, or editing a chapter, just 10 minutes. It'll give you belief in yourself, you'll feel free, confident and in control. After thirty days you'll have re-read your WIP, edited several chapters, wrote new ones, finished a short story maybe, or submitted your work. Break through those barriers that are stopping you starting, and face the fear, get going again now.

Stop looking at your limitations, lack of time, and worrying you're not good enough. The time you spend worrying, you could be writing! Get out of that rut and just do it! And don't forget to let me know how it goes?

42 comments:

  1. Once I get over the initial inertia of starting it's a lot easier to deal with. It's that first push that takes all the effort (and caffeine).

    mood
    Moody Writing

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    1. I agree, good if you can stick to a certain time of day, put it in your diary and treat it like a proper appointment such as you would have at the Doctors.

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  2. I'm so guilty of worrying rather than just getting on and doing. I spoke to an author recently who told me I need to 'do the do'. She basically meant that I should just get on with it. Stop faffing around!

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    1. And look, you're doing it you're here, and you're writing...but seriously, do stop faffing around and just do it!

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  3. Great post Maria, most of us seem to be afraid of failing and so never start and agree that the only way through is to stop over thinking everything and just do it. I'd though about blogging for years but was always put off by a fear of failure. I kept my writing ambitions hidden for years for the same reason. This year though I decided to stop being afraid and just plunge in. I started a blog and am also taking part in the A to Z Challenge and have admitted my ambitions to the world at large. So far it is all going fantastic. Self-belief is definitely the most important factor. If you don't believe in yourself, no-one else will. Good luck with the rest of the challenge, I'll stop by as often as I can.

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    1. Alana this is so inspiring, well done you!

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  4. Great advice which I should really take,thanks.

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    1. Thank you Anne, we all know what we should be doing, sometimes we just need to take stock and remind ourselves we can make it happen.

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  5. Great post Maria. So true. It's never ever too late and breaking things down to one sentence/idea/day at a time definitely makes it easier to achieve your goals.

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    1. The only way I can do it... ;-)

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    1. Thank you Duncan, I'm coming over to visit very soon.

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  7. How awesome is that? My B today is also "believe in yourself" but I stuck mine on post-it notes lol

    Jamie Dement (LadyJai)
    Http://writebackwards.we3dements.com

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    1. I'm on my way to compare notes...thank you for visiting.

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  8. A great post and so true. I am a blogger and not an author but that's what I say to friends who have WIP, believe in themselves and that they can do it. You need to have that self belief and put your mind to it.

    Happy A to Z

    Kate

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    1. Well done you for motivating your friends...

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  9. Apposite that you have written this today. I've woken up feeling utterly disconnected from my story. All I have left to do is a last read-through to fine-tune & it feels as if all at once I have another mountain to climb. And I have as much interest in mountain climbing as I have in quantum physics!

    It's like peering into a misty mirror - being reluctant to wipe it clear & risk seeing what's on the other side. If I do get to see - will it be real, or only my imagination that insists my story is worth it?

    Onward & sideways!

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    1. So glad I've written something relevant for you today. We all have days when we feel slightly disconnected, perhaps a day off to allow your brain to relax and work it out.

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  10. You are so right! I have a lot of good intentions, not just writing related, that I have put off because they seem too daunting. I need to just set aside a few minutes each day to work on them.

    TaMara
    Tales of a Pee Dee Mama

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    1. TaMara, do try and make the time, even if it is just a few minutes a day. It'll soon build that way. Even after a week you'll have something to work with...believe you can do it!

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  11. This post is packed with excellent advice, Maria.

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  12. I want to miniaturize you, stick you in my pocket and carry you with me wherever I go to slay those evil critical thoughts that plague me.
    “This sucks! I’m a terribly writer!” says my inner-critic.
    “No!” Maria shouts, brandishing a sword of confidence, “Away with you, evil doubter! I can write! And I will!”

    Yeah, that’d rock.

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    1. Beverly that made me smile...I'm sure you can get it done. Be brave, face it head on, plan and conquer!

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  13. This is sound advice as always Maria. Tomorrow never comes. Start it now, a little at a time. Even 10 minutes a day soon builds nicely. New pen and notepad, tea and cake - jobsagoodun!

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    1. I love the 10 minutes a day way, it really does build, I'm currently doing that with my walking as well!

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  14. Wonderful, wonderful post and I applaud you for writing it and inspiring others.

    www.m5carolin.blogspot.com

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  15. Yes! Yes!! I have to work on getting motivated, but the idea that I *will* write, because it is important to do so, I am worth it, is what it has to be about. If someone doesn't care about what they want to do, who will?

    Cat

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  16. Well, you have answered your own question Cat...you are worth it, so do it! :-)

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  17. great advice maria--i shall take it!

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  18. Really good post. I have so many unfinished projects. I'm great at motivating others but takes a lot to motivate myself! Thanks for the straight talk!

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    1. i have unfinished projects too, but I am trying to finish them... ;-)

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  19. This is a great post. I should go dust off a few of my 'old' projects and revisit them.

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    1. Exactly! Go do it, you'll enjoy looking over your old stuff again.

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  20. Your words are motivational. I have a few things on my hard drive I should dust off.

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  21. Hi Maria,

    Duly noted what you allude to, my friend. Although I appreciate those doing the challenge for the next month, I challenge myself by doing my own alternative concepts. That's positive motivation. Small, workable, realistic tasks, realising the ultimate goal, is the way I approach life and writing. I even have a Jack Russell dog take over when my motivation may well be lacking. It's all good with me :)

    Gary :)

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  22. Sounds a good plan... :-)

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  23. This is a great post and you are so right in what you say. I always read other peoples blogs and wished I could do the same. A couple of months ago I took the plunge and wrote my first one which was just about my first blog and am so glad I wrote it because now I cannot wait to write my next. I have two now. We can do what we want if we just put our mind to it and take that first step.

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  24. Maria - I've already taken the plunge and am a first-time A to Z participant.

    I'm glad I found your post. Lots of great information, and I especially love this: << making just one small change today, will have a positive effect on tomorrow >>

    Thanks!

    Barbara
    C is for: Chocolate (and other things)
    www.barbarawhitedaille.com/blog

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