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Learn To Love Your Inner Critic

One of the toughest writing hurdles is facing off with the “Inner Critic” (aka Inner Editor, aka Writer’s Block Builder). We all have one, no matter how successful the writer, which explains why there is so much advice out there on how to deal with it. Usually, this involves giving that little killjoy a name, wrestling it into submission, and then shutting it away in a box while you write uninterrupted. That’s the plan, anyway. I’ve tried this, sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn’t. Much of the time I’ve already had to work uphill to give myself the time to write that the thought of having to fight another battle is just too much. Some days I just want to write. I don’t have the energy or emotional fortitude to go toe to toe with myself. Writing is hard enough as it is without having to add another level of resistance to the whole process.

This week my therapist reminded me of an amazing technique I have used in the past when dealing with anxiety. Anxiety and the Inner Critic a…
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Just Write

I don’t know why any of us, myself included, thought that a person with ADHD would be able to stick to a publishing schedule. I guess I thought it would be good practice. Ha.

I’m amending my promise of putting out new posts every week. My new promise is you’ll get them whenever I give them to you. I think a big part of my problem was the pressure. Every Friday would dawn with no words written and then I would stress. And we know how stress leads to performance anxiety which leads to no writing.

These last few weeks I've also been very busy with house projects, prepping for National Novel Writing Month, and dealing with health issues. Speaking of NaNoWriMo, I want to talk about that today. I’ve mentioned before how helpful NaNoWriMo can be for writers who are easily distracted or tend to procrastinate. The trick to why it works for many is that it doesn’t give you a chance to stop to second guess yourself. If you want to make the goal of 50,000 words in 30 days, you don’t have ti…

Getting Back To Writing After A Long Hiatus

I know it's been a while since I last posted. It has been a nutty year, and my schedule was all over the place. Now it has settled into something a lot more consistent, and I finally have the time to get back into a regular writing schedule.

I have been looking forward to this time all summer, the chance to spend hours writing instead of having to snatch a few minutes here and there, but wouldn't you know it as soon as I sat down to spend a day writing I froze up like a deer in headlights. I'm sure you've been there; we've all been there. So here I am starting from square one all over again. I have to shake off the rust and re-prime the creative pump. Again.

The silver lining is I've been here before. I know it's not permanent. In the past, I would have fallen into depression assuming I wasn't really a writer and that I should just give up in favor of a different hobby. Then after a while, the call to write would pull me back, and I'd give it anothe…

I Suck...And That's Okay.

As I’m sure you’ve noticed, I’ve been away for quite some time. Three months long. Too long. Depression grabbed ahold of me and did not want to let me get any writing done. What little writing energy I could muster I spent on my fiction writing and other assignments. Even with those projects, I made very little progress. It’s been like trying to write through sludge while underwater. I’m sure some of you know how this feels.

With the weather and my with it depression, improving I’m going to push myself to get back on a regular blogging schedule. I have to get back to a regular writing schedule period.

To break my crazy long hiatus, I give you this video from the great Maureen Johnson. I met her at a convention once, and she’s as awesome as she is nice. I come back to these words of encouragement often to help me pull myself out of my own funk when I get stuck in it like I have been recently. I had almost forgotten about it entirely because I hadn’t needed it in so long. Things have a…

Reason #143896 For Why I'm Not Writing

I’m sorry for the long wait. It’s been a rough few weeks, and I’ve really been struggling with my depression. January always just sucks the life out of me. I should have posted an update weeks ago, but I kept thinking I would have my planned posts finished in a day or two, and there would be no need of an update but days would come and go with nothing to show for it but avoiding my computer screen at all costs. My tried and true techniques for busting writer's block have failed me. But that’s okay, I just need to readjust my strategies a little. And I need to absolve myself of the guilt I’m heaping on myself for not writing because that makes me avoid it even harder. 
There is a post in the works (two, actually), and it’s almost done so if I can just keep my butt in my writing chair long enough to finish it you’ll have it very soon. Otherwise just know that it’s coming. Someday. 
Me: You should be writing. Also me: Nope.

Break Your New Year's Resolutions Right Now!

Happy New Year, Writers!

Did I grab your attention with that title? I hope so. Too many of us, whether the intention is to write more or lose weight, the allure of starting fresh with a New Year’s resolution is very seductive. We tell ourselves that we will get back on track, especially considering how the holidays tend to derail everything in our lives for several weeks. It’s a promise we make to ourselves that most of us inevitably have to break. Why does this matter for us writers?

Well, like any habit we struggle to be consistent with that takes the dedication and will-power it’s far too easy to fall off the wagon. Then we’re left feeling like failures, and if you’ve been following along that kind of hit to our self-esteem makes for a poor environment for maintaining a writing habit. Once the negative thoughts set in it’s hard to turn them around and if you’ve started and failed a writing habit before it’s just one more example your psyche can hold against you later when you sit d…

Can Dictation Software Help The ADHD Writer?

Hello, Squirrels! It's been awhile, and I'm very sorry. National Novel Writing Month kicked my behind, and I almost didn't make it to 50k (but I did, woot-woot)! I don't know why I thought I could maintain a blog and write 50,000 words and perform my ML duties. It was too much. But what has kept me away since November is that I've been struggling with some pretty severe shoulder pain. It's been happening on and off for a good year and a half, and I finally decided to do something about it. I've been in physical therapy and in and out of the doctor's office for X-Rays, MRIs, and check-ups more times than I care to think about. During this time I've been extremely anxious about my future. My day job causes repetitive stress on my wrists and arms, which my writing on the side does as well. I was worried if I had to have surgery what I would do. Would I be able to go back to work? Would I be able to write? Maybe I should quit my day job and just write?…