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Redbanks, South Australia, Australia
Contact me if you'd like to know more about this writing group. My email address is jeebers@aussiebb.com.au

Ananka - one of our Pharaoh Hounds

Ananka - one of our Pharaoh Hounds
Ananka knows how to enjoy life - catch and eat birdies!

Monday, July 27, 2009

Do you Really Need to Clean the Bathroom?

Writers and procrastination go together - it's called "letting your subconscious mind work without you watching, while you do boring, dreary crap housework stuff".

I just made that up and pasted it to Facebook, so I claim the copyright on it. If someone steals my words and I see them on the internet, it’s still good though, ‘cos it’s always good to connect with other people. That is the reason why I write. It’s probably why most people write. If it was purely for the money, well, anyone who thinks you can easily make lots of money by writing I hate to say, you are wrong.

Only a few people make lots of money with their writing. Most of the people who make money from writing are already famous for other reasons. Publishers prefer to publish books written by already famous people because it saves them money on promoting the book. The fame does the work for them.

Famous people are probably the people who don’t have the procrastination issue that ordinary writers like me have. They have trainers and life coaches and managers keeping them focussed. They aren’t allowed to procrastinate because other people’s livelihoods depend on them doing stuff. They probably have half an hour wool-gathering time in their diary, and that’s when they do the chill out muddle-head think time that other, ordinary people do, when they are scrubbing the bathroom taps with a nail-brush.

We get side-tracked from the writing we’re meant to be doing, and just meander around a bit. That’s when the subconscious mind gets busy, but it isn’t the sort of thing that shows to onlookers. It doesn’t shoe to the person doing it either, not straightaway, but that’s where those amazing zany ideas come from that totally blow you away when you read what you’re written when the words just flow. That is when the daydreaming and the unnecessary housework thoughts bear fruit.

But, there is also the other side of the procrastination. Cleaning the bathroom and assorted make work jobs happen often for 'blocked' writers! A lot of the time, the silly curtain washing stuff and so on, is just because of fear. It can be a scary thing to write a novel, not knowing if anyone will ever want to read it. Not knowing if it will even be good enough for you to ever read again. Doing housework that doesn’t really need to be done is a way of hiding from your writing, even though the writing is what you should be doing.

You might tell yourself you have plenty of time to do it later, but as Charles Richard, a Canadian politician famously said, ‘Don't be fooled by the calendar. There are only as many days in the year as you make use of. One man gets only a week's value out of a year while another man gets a full year's value out of a week.

So, no matter what you do, you have your allotted number of days, and it is up to each person to make their best use of those days. If you can’t write unless the bathroom is spotless, well, so be it. But if you are just using the bathroom cleaning as an excuse for your fear, or perhaps laziness, get over it and get writing, that’s what I say!

Use the days you have, and use them to do what you really want to do. The thing that means the most to you should get the most effective time spent on it.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

The Law of Attraction

I'm not talking her about how to get a new love, but something every bit as fundamental. The Law of Attraction is all about the idea that you get what you want, by not wanting it, but assuming you will get it.

That's a simplified version, but it covers the essentiallness of the idea. Look here for a more in depth explanation, and you will be amazed, as I was, at the sense of the whole thing.

I suspect that is how my dogs work. If they hear the crackling of plastic wrapping, they assume there is food there for them and they come rushing over to get it. It doesn't always work, but it works often enough for them to know the law works perfectly sometimes.

If they didn't rush over to get the food, they certainly wouldn't get whatever it is, and they might miss out on some ham, or cheese, or whatever it was in the wrapping. They have seen this proven often, and know it is true.

If you drag yourself around, lamenting your lack of money, money will certainly not come to you. If you walk around, expecting to get money, you could well get some. You might find money that's been dropped, or you may see an ad looking for what you want to sell.

The Law of Attraction means if you believe it, it can happen. I will never become a famous writer by complaining about my lack of success. If I get down and write more, my chances of making it as a writer are much greater.

Hold onto what you want, believe you will get it. That's the Law!

Waiting for night to come

Waiting for night to come
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