Keeping up writing motivation

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Sorry for the hiatus! After the excitement of my bike and the arrival of the new year, getting back into writing has proved to be quite a challenge – until I just sat down and started writing again. Then it wasn’t so bad. I had built up this invisible wall between wanting to write and actually doing it, and realised that the only way through Writer’s Block is to power through it. Otherwise, it becomes like quicksand. The more you struggle, the deeper you sink. Start off with baby steps, and get back into a writing routine, even if it’s 5 minutes a day. I wonder how many other writers out there are still recovering from the end of year holidays, and slowly getting back into a solid writing routine!

I really enjoyed this post by Ollin Morales – 10 Tricks To Motivate Yourself To Write – Right NOW

Check it out! And I think I’m going to print it off and stick it on my wall 🙂

On a cycling note, I’m happy to report that my bike and I have been enjoying some fun trips to the local shops. After cycling to the shops, I’ve realised how much more fun it is to cycle there instead of walking. Going downhill is super fun, and it’s relaxing to coast along. I need to get saddle-bag for my bike though, or a basket, so I can put the groceries in 🙂 My backpack can only fit so much!

 

The Artist Manifesto: Will You Create?

Here’s something I’d like to share with you:

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This inspiring piece of art was done by the talented Mandy Thompson. I’ve linked this image to Jeff Goin’s blog – check it out!

This manifesto speaks to me on so many levels. Starting up this blog has helped to jump-start my writing. Thank you for taking the time to read what I have to say. While my writing’s been progressing, my other passion, painting, has been woefully neglected. As I write this, I have blank canvases, empty sketch pads and all kinds of cool artsy stuff (acrylic, watercolour, oil paints, charcoal sticks etc) packed away in boxes. What’s stopping me? The usual suspects – fear of failure, procrastination, perfectionism. The irony of not starting a basic draft because I don’t want to get anything ‘wrong’ is that I get nothing done – I’m not any closer to that masterpiece! So if you’ve got something you’ve been wanting to write, sketch, or paint, take that leap, and see how it grows. Be at peace with imperfection. That’s where the beauty is.

My goal for tonight: break out my pencils and get a basic sketch done on my canvas. Baby steps!