Surviving Setbacks in your Writing Routine

When no one is looking and you hit the dip, the slow-place of artistic development, you’ll have to work your hardest and deepen your commitment to excellence to succeed.

If the path to your best was an easy road, everyone would take the leap without question, and without reservation.

When you are confronted with any work slow down or life storm that interferes with your desired outcomes, there are a few methods to embrace as you work to realign your mental focus as you strive for excellence.

Journal to discover the source of the off-balance feeling.

A long stretch and longer walk in a quiet area can recenter the mind.

Confronting a difficult situation, and seeking a solution to any life crisis is also a good choice to change the narrative cycle of emotional difficulty.

Finally, consider your daily routine, if it doesn’t allow time for creativity, you’ll need to alter it to fit your narrative.

Continue to strive for your best, everyday.

You’ve got this. Let’s get those pages done.

Keep Your Promises

When it comes to keeping promises you’ve made to yourself, we often find it easy to push these commitments aside, because we don’t consider the magnitude of what’s at stake for our health, well-being, and our art over the long term.

When it comes to  getting to work on time, buying a gift for a birthday, supporting a cause, the likelihood of your failure decreases dramatically.

We have to learn to honor commitments to ourselves with same zeal and focus that we strive to maintain when completing  tasks for others.

We all know it’s much simpler to keep a promise to others because your reputation is on the line, but when we’re alone, there is no one there, but you, to ridicule yourself about the breaking of your promise.

Don’t get comfortable in this state. Honor yourself and your strides for greatness with the same zeal that you approach commitments for others.

Please, don’t go on a campaign of selfishness as a result of keeping promises to yourself. You should:

  1. Choose the right foods.
  2. Keep your writing schedule.
  3. Prepare and stick to your plan until completion.

Once you keep and fulfill the promises you’ve created for yourself, you’ll start to see a lot of little steps adding up to big gains.


It’s easy to get lost in the rhetoric of goal setting. You can create the vision board, write out the draft, then get lost in the back and for of doing the work.

Usually the doing part, or the getting started part, is the most difficult task, but the place many people miss the mark rests in their attitude about their work and their accomplishments.

Too often, we see the target, and we are willing to take the shot. We take the shot, and we get past the start-up phase, and then we hit a wall. We get lost in the day to day, the too fast, the too much, the too many lateral movements,  then we lose focus in the madness.

Take aim gracefully at your own rate. Complete the small steps with singular focus and graceful intent. The other side, the madness and chaos, leaks and you may be left with a lot less than you originally intended.

Grab your pen and draft pages of nonsense today. Read it tomorrow. See if you find anything worth working on.




Slow and Steady

The labor of crafting the written word into meaningful, long-form art is a labor of commitment and a true testament to the patience and mental strength of the writer.

As you shape your stories and craft your arguments, remember focus, poise, and a clear mind will help you get through the mental blocks, and paint tapestries with your written art.

Stay away from the naysayers, and embrace the steps of the process without seeking shortcuts or hacks to short change the beauty you are creating.

You may need to put some obligations to the side to focus. And you may have to relax a few friendships to get through the pages and focus on the art.

Remember to go at your own pace. Plan how far you will get and in what amount of time you plan to get there.

Roadmaps, plans, diagrams, visuals, all help.

Focus and love your journey everyday.

The Mindful Approach to Writing

The world is filled with distractions and segues that will derail you from the big goals and awesome dreams you have envisioned for yourself.

Although challenges come with the territory of success, conquering the challenges is an essential experience to build mindful confidence, a state of awareness where you are conscious of your actions and their effects on your desired outcomes.

Work through the challenge of focus by tracking your time, using your journal to reflect on your actions, and recording how much time you spend away from your task while you’re completing your task.

You’ll be surprised by how much time you waste with your phone or on the next most distracting site that steals your attention.

Walk mindfully into your notebook, and set your strategy to remain focused.

Get that pen moving. We need to see your work of art.

Find Consistency With Your Writing

Consistency is one of the most undervalued goals for most writers beginning their journey.

Too often we get lost in the big goal or big reveal, and we lose focus on the small steps that lead to the biggest outcomes along our journey.

I explain, all too often, that writing is the least glamorous, but most mythological art form to embrace. If you don’t believe me, tell a friend who has no idea that you write, that you write.

Their eyes, outlook, and demeanor will change, and they will begin probing into your process, your outlook, and your vision.

Truth be told, it doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks. You have the compass and you’re the cartographer.

Not many of us are bold enough to seek uncharted territory or to imagine a world without boundaries because building new worlds is the task of the writer.

Don’t forget the little steps along the way to your great work are established with consistency and focus on your vision. The journey is much simpler than we make it, and the day to day is more difficult than we envision, because time and patience dwindle along the road to greatness.

Fill up your tank of consistency by setting realistic goals for your word/page count; remember you write chapters not books.  Make a schedule and stick to your writing time.  Take breaks along your writing journey.  Seek inspiration and value in all of your human interactions. Remember stories do not exist for you to steal. They exist to inspire and create a better world.

Happy Writing!




If you feel sluggish and tired while you’re working, you will probably create a similar tone or moood while creating your new draft or editing an old piece.

Managing your emotions is essential on the path to refining the complex nature of your focus and inspiration as you work.

Stress, and that need to get up an walk around, can divert your creative energy to side flow, which is a state of distraction that masks itself with the illusion of focus.

Your best work comes from imagining a single moment or settling into a place of solidarity with your work.

Keep searching the depths of yourself to create better and better art everyday. Remember, there is a routine for discovering the best art inside you. Write using your process, your routine, your focus, your strategy, your steps,  everyday.

The day is yours. Be bold and create something beautiful.


Strategies for Writers

Your strategy should align with your goals.

Write your marketing plan with as much detail and care as your novel.

It’s won’t be easy. Find the people who love what you do and keep working for that audience.

The others, you can chase them, or you can focus on beautiful work for the people who care.

Keep Going

The writing life is sometimes characterized by writing into the void. You may feel no one is listening, and not much feedback is pouring in about your work.

If fast, and now-now, are your goals, stepping into the creative world of the literary arts may not be your cup of tea.

We are sustained and empowered by our journey to greatness. We are thrilled by rewrite after rewrite and we love the walk to greatness.

Keep the words going. Keep making mistakes. Keep reworking then reworking the plot, the scenario, the beliefs, and the struggle. You are empowered by the challenges you overcome day after day.

Total Devotion vs. Total Consumption

Remember to exercise and clear your thoughts as you work on your masterpiece.

Time away from the keyboard or pen is just as important as time with the pen.

When exploring the outdoors, be sure to nourish your senses with new experiences and unusual places.

Total devotion to your art is beautiful, while total consumption by your art can be dangerous.