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April 28, 2015

Yesterday– how to stop beating yourself up for what you didn’t do (A-Z blog)

Filed under: Writer's thoughts — michelle sodaro @ 12:21 pm
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I used to do this all the time until I realized “But that was yesterday…and yesterday’s gone” (Chad and Jeremy, “Yesterday’s Gone”).

Nothing productive comes from bemoaning what did or did not get done yesterday…all you are doing is eating away today and at the end of this you will have two days with no progress made and that is indeed a slippery slope in the worst possible direction. (This is true with anything — eating healthy, moving on from something unhealthy, working out, etc). “Well I didn’t _________ yesterday, might as well call this week, month, year a total wash.”

I make a word count goal for each month. It’s 30,000, which for April (easy math) is a nice 1,000 words a day. And if yesterday I had a sinus migraine or if today there is a Property Brothers marathon on TV…I need to forgive myself and move on. Don’t let the doubts creep in because they would move in without a second thought and set up shop in your mind and the next thing you know, a week has passed and all you have written is your grocery list and you aren’t even trying any more.

Your characters forgive you for not coming to play with them yesterday, but don’t stay away too long…you need to interact with them as much as they need it.

Forgive yourself for a lazy yesterday, but don’t let the lazy become a habit or you’ll never accomplish your goals and then your critics (internal and external) will be proven right…and they really are wrong, you know.

So get back to writing.

Forget yesterday.

Seriously, go write.


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