Wednesday, January 23, 2008

So This meme Thing...

Yipes, I am so far behind. I've been *sneeze* sickly for the last *cough-wheeze* week and a half. I've not been in front of the computer in something like seven days and criminy! I've got a lot of catching up to do.

I've been tagged. Twice! Both Melanie and Susan got me (I feel so flippin' special!) on this meme - me? me! - thing, Roar for Powerful Words. Watch out... I'm a writer, hear me roar! I'm to share three tips for my fellow writers and tag five others. So without further ado...

1) Have confidence in yourself. Know you're worthy of the job you set out to do. You have the know-how, you have the discipline - so be sure of yourself (and your written voice) and you'll accomplish the goal you set out to attain.

***I interrupt this blog post for a potty break. Er, not mine, though... Natalie, who's 2 and is supposed to be napping, just called me upstairs to see she'd actually pottied in her little Safety 1st toilet... All on her very own. Whoo!***

2) Seek out other writers for support. We can gather encouragement all day long from friends and family members, but it takes help and reinforcement from other writers - who go through exactly what you do - to really spread your wings. A fabulous resource is the forums board over at Absolute Write (AW). Questions will be answered, fun will be had, and all the encouragement you can handle will spill forth. Check it out here.

3) Set monthly goals. You may exceed them - or you may not reach them all - but once you plan out some things you'd like to see happen, you'll feel capable and accomplished. I did it for the first time this month. Seeing a list of writing goals helped start the ball rolling and I dove in head first. I've not touched two or three things on my list, but I attacked the other two or three items with a ferocity I didn't know was in me. And I feel so great about those things that I won't sweat the others. I've got February ahead of me!

I hope these tips will prove worthy (she said humbly). Best of luck!

I tag:

Stacey over at FlibbetyGibbet
Janet, who runs The Walrus Said

Oh! Something was mentioned of an award? Gee, I never win anything. But here she is:


Melanie Hooyenga said...

I love that your daughter followed your advice, although not exactly with writing.

Well done!

Janet said...

I have one word for you: oy.

But I'm working on it.

Michele said...

Ah, I'm sorry to hear you've been under the weather. :'(

As for the tag, I just finished this one. You missed it because you've been sick.

I Am Writer, Hear Me Roar

Enjoy, and congrats!


P.S. Loved your tips by the way. :-)

Rebecca Laffar-Smith said...

I hope you're feeling better soon and congratulations on the toilet training milestone!

And congratulations on your Roar award! You definitely deserve it!

These three tips are wonderful. I've learnt how very important it is to keep reminding myself of number one. It is so easy to fall into the "not good enough" trap. It is important to stand tall and roar, "I am a writer and I'm d*mn good at it."

Rebecca Laffar-Smith said...

Bloop! *sighs* Google's being mean. Second comment, feel free to not approve it. I just want to make sure I can get these email follow ups since Google didn't want to give them to me the first time.

Michele said...

Hey there, kiddo! I'm here to tell you that you've officially been notified with a request for seven tips to help other writers beat procrastination.

Find out more here:

Procrastination Roadblocks: How to Get Around Them

You do deserve the Roar Award, by the way.

Feel free to hold off on participating in this meme until after the next few posts so there'll be other content between this meme and the Writer's Roar meme.

Can't wait to read your tips!


Janet said...

OK, so I survived that one. But don't go thinking that this means you can go hauling me into just any old meme. Harumph!