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Friday, June 12, 2009

Friday Random

Random DON'T of the Week: Don't rush.

It's so tempting to rush to finish a manuscript, or rush to query, or rush to publication. But in rushing you inevitably make mistake and you're going to regret it. Writing. Editing. Publishing. Life. It takes time to get from the start to the finish. Give yourself the time and enjoy the process.

Random DO of the Week: Connect with others.

Isolation breeds all forms of insanity. Get to know other authors, other students/parents/cost accountants, neighbors, and strangers. Sometimes meeting strangers and making new friends is hard, but it's worth it.
Random Life Lessons of the Week:
From the garden.... all things strive. I may not love my weeds, but they want to live too. Some of them are even pretty. That doesn't mean they belong in between the rows of corn. Be it a weed, a toy, or a scene in your WIP everything has it's place. If it's out of place, weed it out.

From the kitchen....... change is good. Even a favorite dish can get some improvement if you're willing to try. Add some mushrooms, a pinch of nutmeg, maybe a dash of cinnamon. When you go to write don't tie yourself down to the first draft ideas. If things change, that's okay.

From the kids...... tomorrow comes sooner than you think. And a To-Do list that eats every hour of your day isn't very fun. Yes, dishes and cleaning need to get done. Yes, writing needs to be done daily, just like brushing your teeth. But that doesn't mean you can't find an hour to spare for something fun.

Maybe the dishes will wait until morning. Maybe you'll only write 1 page today, not 3. Kids grow up, people die, and you can't go back in time to make memories. Enjoy the moment.

From bad days...... If the definition of heroism is the willingness to do the right thing, or the needed thing, when no one else will mothers may be the greatest heroes on the planet. Someone needs to raise the children, clean the house, cook the meals, and save the world. But it seems no one is willing to do it.

Looking at a stack of dishes knowing I'd get little thanks and no pay for all my hard work that day I realized that I was still going to do it. Just like the soldiers who will fall on the grenade, the firefighter who will run into the building, and the ER nurse who will pull over for an accident even though it means being late for a date. We all do what we can in the best way we know how.

So....... what's your random?


  1. I'm learning the importance of "Don't rush." Good advice!

  2. Great thoughts here....

    I need to take a deep breath and go play with the kiddos. Good advice :)

  3. Very good advice. The don't rushing is happening already (yay! i tidn't in the past). And I am taking time otu and enjoying the process of writing/learning languages, not just dreaming of the end result.