May 16, 2012 by Dropped Ink
Want to know what I have on my 70’s funk mirror in my bedroom, a note that says “have you written today.” That note has been about as effective as my cat Boots is at answering the door and signing for my UPS packages. I knew I was sinking into a pit of uncreative despair and I needed to save myself or I would be destined for a life of mediocrity. A life where I ended up a long term resident of some dead end job that gives lucite plaques for longevity. I sometimes tend to be late for work and I like to be first in my house for the shower so I started getting up at 5am to remedy both. But it was during this time that I began to realize that I had ideas I wasn’t hashing out. I began to hurry and get dressed faster so I could review old journals and explore stories that I had allowed to fall to the wayside. I had a lot of moments while reading where I would stop and think to myself, “Wow…you wrote this.” That is not a reflective horn toot but more of a realization that I had forgotten what I was capable of. I began to tell my self that my dead end job was just a stop in the road to greater things. That all I needed to do was just try and focus on what I was passionate about, that I needed to be in love with my writing.
There are moments where my pep talks turn into pep yells and I am very hard on myself. I don’t recommend this course of action for everyone but there are times when you do need to be a little hard on yourself in order to address shortcomings. I will tell you what I focus on during mine:
1. Focus on your passion and what your not doing to feed it.
2. Remedy the situation.
3. Think of clever ways to effectively use your free time.
4. Review your past work to inspire and get your creative juices going.
5. If you decide to write a motivational note to yourself be sure to act on it.
6. Yell when necessary. SUCCESS DOES NOT COME TO THOSE WHO DO NOT TRY!
I think I’m done. I can say that my mornings have become a lot more streamlined. I have my coffee now for free and I am able to focus my energy into getting something constructive done.</p