Friday, September 26, 2008

Give Yourself a Pat

It’s Friday again in Florida. It’s the day I review what I’ve accomplished as a writer this past week. It’s the day I pat myself on the back for sticking with it even though I felt like throwing in the towel on more than one occassion. It’s the day I tell myself “it’s worth it,” and “you’re good enough.”

I don’t know how many rejections you received this week—either by e-mail or in your mail box outside—but today’s the day to let them go. File them deep inside that folder you’re keeping to remind yourself that you are at least submitting. Or better yet—delete that e-mail and toss the rest in the trash!

Today’s Friday and you can see the weekend ahead of you just waiting to give you that refreshing feeling that your brain needs so that when you and I sit down at our computers on Monday morning and stare at that blank sheet of paper or that chapter filled with editing needs—we’re ready.

I don’t know about you, but I accomplished a lot of writing this week. (pat…pat) I submitted one article and wrote copy for four pages on a Web site about something I knew nothing about! My book still languishes at the bottom of my screen, but I’ll be back Monday and it will get pushed to the top of my pile.

I made it through another week. I celebrated a success with one friend who got her book deal and I met a few new people on-line. Even yesterday, an old college roommate found me through my blog when she googled my name. Exciting things happen every day.

It’s Friday and I’m still a writer. How about you?


Renee Collins said...

I have been getting so frustrated with how long it is taking me to revise my story. I need to remeber to give myself a pat for all the work I'm doing. Thanks, Terri. :)

Janna Qualman said...

"It’s Friday and I’m still a writer." I LOVE this credo you've coined. I'm going to write it down and pull it out at the end of each week.

I didn't accomplish all that much this week. At least, nothing too tangible, especially compared to last week. But I'm still headed in the right direction with many of my projects, and that counts for something. And I know I have to go easy on myself, what with two young kid at home.

Have a great weekend, Terri!

Carol said...

Still writing! Still pondering! Still willing!

AnooCre8ion said...

Hi Terri, yes it is Friday again.

It's amazing how things change from one week to the next. All this time last week I was at work, planning for the weekend, my book group etc. Friday night my son took sick and everything changed, and as you know for the whole week I have been here at the hospital.

Even though I have been here I am still working on my writing. During the times when he would sleep or when my husband or a friend was able to come for a while, I spent some time working on an article that I started last week. So that has been my accomplishment for the week.

I was also working on a bible study and I am grateful to God that despite the stress of the week I was still able to keep up with that every day.

God is good.

Thanks for your prayers and concern for my son. He is now slowly recovering after surgery. He has been taking some short walks and sitting up daily.

Please continue to pray for him.

Have a great weekend.


Angie Ledbetter said...

I tried to pat my back for still being a writer...but *ouch*, I think I sprung something. ;) Hope next week's even better than this, and that you get to work on your manuscript.

Michaéle said...

I long for the day I can call myself a writer. I mean, I am one, but my eight hours a day at the computer are spent with things I have to do, not want to do. I did make it through another week with three teenagers so *pat pat* for that!!!

Stonefox (otherwise known as Heidi) said...

This week I made some progress on getting more serious about my writing. Alright, I know that sounds like I am not there yet, and I'm not. But I'm getting there and I'm working on some goals. That counts, doesn't it?