Life Happens

Lesson 26 Chapter 6 Module 3

Let me paint a picture for you.

It starts with the first few days of these lessons, when you were waking up every day, excited to get into your email to see what the newest excerpt was about.

Crisp new notebook and your favorite pen, you sat down ready to pour over the words and learn all the things about writing.

Now that we're two weeks in, you're a little behind.

It's time to learn one of my favorite life mantras: Life Happens

I'm sure there are lots of good reasons that you haven't gotten to sit down and write every day.

Business stuff came up. You had plans with friends and family. You got sick.

All that stuff? It's life happening.

And it's going to keep happening every day.

There's nothing you can do about that. It’s going to get in the way of writing every day, it’s going to get in the way of setting a routine and habit for new pursuits, it’s going to screw things up in an monumentally frustrating way that makes you hate life and just want to give up.

But that’s not going to help you become a master writer.

So take today, think about what you've learned, and get back at it.

You know how most of your favorite writers got their skill? It isn’t they have some magic skill that helps them craft brilliant content or perfect lives that never have interruptions.

They hit this point again and again and again.

But they didn't give up. They picked up their pen, sat down, and started catching up.

They kept going.

Eventually, a book that was never going to be finished, won a Pulitzer.

An article that had no lede is a trending topic.

That essay that you thought no one would ever read has been re-published by a major publication.

This can be you. You signed up for these daily excerpts because you wanted to become a better writer.

Well, friend, today's the day to get back to doing just that.

PS - When I’m having days when I’m just not feeling like sitting down to write (or do) anything, I find that music can be a great motivator. I have an eight hour playlist on Spotify that is purely instrumental movie and video game soundtracks.

As my friend and fellow writer Maisie Smith at Audacious Muse once wrote (paraphrased): If the sweeping music of a movie soundtrack can push the Fellowship over shire and obstacle and into Mordor, it can certainly give you the boost you need to finish that blog post.

Maybe find a music groove to dig you out of your funk (wouldn’t it be funny if that music was funk?!) and start training your brain to know that when you listen to that playlist it’s time to get serious. If you want to give movie and video game soundtracks a try, I included the link to my public Spotify playlist in Further Reading below.

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