(With thanks to the Kath Eats Real Food blog for the inspiration. This is one of an occasional personal post I started doing last year.)
–You really do have time to write Morning Pages every day and they will get ideas flowing and set your day up for success.
–Working on the WIP novel immediately after Morning Pages will make you feel good about yourself and your life all day.
–You're not the CEO of a major company. There is no email or phone call that needs answering before 8 AM.
–Protagonist is not spelled protaganist, the way you always spell it.
–And furthermore, seperete is actually spelled seperate. Really, it is.
–Writing a novel "is like reconstructing the whole of Paris from Lego bricks." Amos Oz. Remind yourself of this often.
–While we're on the subject of Paris, remember on bleak days that there's a sojourn in the city of light in your near future.
–When you think there's something wrong with a scene–there is. Figure it out.
–Speaking of which, you know more about your WIP than you think.
–All you have to do to start is just open the file and look at it.
–Yes, you will get through the middle. You will.
–Remember how much better you feel when you get up every 30 minutes!
–Stretching every morning will make you feel much better.
–And so does drinking lots of water. Plus, when you drink a lot of water, it helps you get up regularly. Duh.
–Remembering to breathe fully makes you feel best of all!
–Do the most important thing first.
–The most important thing is, 9 times out of 10, working on your WIP.
–I give you permission to underline and make notes in your books.
–It is already starting to get light later and next time you look up from your computer, it will be spring.
—No whining on they yacht. You're one of the luckiest humans on the planet.
Okay. Those are my things I want to remember this year. (I reserve the right to add to them as the year goes on.) What are yours?
Photo by brokenarts.