Ditch Excusitis to Keep Your Writing on Track

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~Writing Well Wednesday Tip~

We all do it.

We give ourselves an out. “I’ll write tomorrow,” we say, fully intending to do it, but then tomorrow comes and the writing doesn’t happen.

You may be setting (or have already set) writing goals for 2018. Beware of “excusitis,” as it can set in quickly.

You know how it goes. You’re tired. You’re busy. You don’t feel like doing whatever it was that you planned to do. So you make excuses.

Most of them are legitimate. You probably are tired. You probably did have a crazy day. You probably have every reason to want to avoid working on your writing, your blog, your marketing, or your submissions.

But excuses will keep you from achieving your goals.

You don’t have to stop making excuses. Just don’t let them stop you. Instead, take a very small action forward.

  • “Yes, I’m tired, but I can write for five minutes.”
  • “I had a crazy day and I’d love to just crash, but I’ll research publishers for 10 minutes first.”
  • “I’m really discouraged today, but I won’t let that stop me from finishing chapter two.”

Bestselling author and public speaker John L. Mason said:

“When you’re good at making excuses, it’s hard to excel at anything else.”

This week: Ditch excusitis, and write anyway!

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