Wednesday, January 25, 2012
How to attract a Black Dog into your working life
None of us want a black dog of depression or discouragement. Here are a few deterrent tips I've presented at workshops recently. I've done each of these ten things at different times and decided that if I want to stop being shadowed by this nuisance, I should start doing the opposite. I'm not talking about the menacing, clinical sort of black dog which requires medication and/or counseling but the black dog which artistic and creative people find gatecrashing their peace of mind. Perhaps they are simply different sized variations of the same beast.
1) Compare yourself to other authors and keep a close eye on their success.
2) Assume that slow periods of time prove that God is not blessing you.
3) Tell your family and friends about each of your writing projects and expect them to brim over with enthusiasm. Size up everybody you know as potential customers to buy and promote your books.
4) Race impatiently through each of your writing projects with the incentive of sweet success, warm accolades and piles of moolah to spur you on.
5) Dismiss compliments but take it for granted that all criticism must be true.
6) Assume that setbacks are typical and will keep recurring.
7) Turn up your nose at the small blessings each day brings.
8) Keep anticipating bad things which may happen so you can prepare yourself for them in advance.
9) Get impatient when things seem to be moving slowly and either grit your teeth and try to force things to happen or give up completely.
10) Never think beyond what you can see or hear. Don't take time to imagine the people your writing may touch now and way into the future who you never hear about.
Paula Vince is a homeschooling mother and award-winning author of faith-inspired fiction set in Australia. She believes stories are a powerful tool to bring goodness and hope to the lives of readers and loves invoking tears, laughter and cheering. Visit her at www.appleleafbooks.com or her motivational blog, "It Just Occurred to Me."
These thoughts were bought to you by Paula Vince at 12:52 PM