The Road to Good Intentions
My 'Beginners' page in September's issue of Writing Magazine is all about promises and achievements... and how they don't always match up.
As we all know, the road to good intentions is paved with broken promises and excuses. And there's nothing more demoralising for a writer than getting to the end of a day when you'd promised yourself to write something meaningful, yet having to face up to the fact that you've written... well, nothing much.
It happens to us all, of course. Life intrudes. But there are ways to make it a little less regular. Ways like not trying to write a book in a day. Write something shorter and manageable instead - like a chapter. Or an idea. Something that will get the imagination going instead of drowning it with an overabundance of ambition.
Before you know where you are, you'll have stretched it way beyond expectations, because writers just hate giving up when the mood is right.
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