Weekly Writing Prompt — March 5, 2014 Edition

For those that practice, I wish you a blessed Ash Wednesday.

I’m not getting all religious on you here, just humor me a moment, please. Today marks the beginning of the Christian faith’s season of Lent. Much like Christ’s 40-day fast in the desert, many who follow the season leading up to Jesus Christ’s crucifixion and resurrection give something up for the next six weeks (40 days, actually). Long through history, practicing Christians haven given up everything from bad habits to not eating meat (where the tradition of fish on Friday came from….), or even giving away worldly goods.

We’re going to be looking at giving up stuff in our writing life for the next six weeks, and maybe beyond. I’m not suggesting you give up your lap top, coffee fund, or anything like that. No, I want you to get rid of the things we keep around because being successful can kind of be scary.
Here’s a list of things I need to give up in order to make my writing life more successful:
self doubt
All these things keep me from doing what I need to do to be successful in my goals as a published author.
Today’s prompt is for you to think about the things you need to give up in order to make your writing life more viable.
Do you need to give up NOT going to writers cafes?
Do you need to give up relying on adverbs?
Do you need to give up not practicing dialogue in your stories?
Do you need to give up putting something ahead of Workshops?
Do you need to stop procrastinating about editing?
Think about what is keeping you from moving forward and GIVE IT UP.
As with any goal, I encourage you to write it down. They say it only takes 21 days to make a habit. So before Easter arrives, you could very well be on your way to a more successful writing life. Now what do you need to give up?
Our next workshop is March 11 at 6 p.m. at the Library. I’m feeling stronger and stronger each day and have spent a few hours here and there being around people. So, hopefully health will continue to rule and we’ll finally get that workshop complete. Please RSVP if you plan to be there.
And now your moment of Writing Zen:
“It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up.”
― Babe Ruth

What did you Write today?

Casondra Brewster
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“But words are things, and a small drop of ink,
Falling, like dew upon a thought, produces
That which makes thousands, perhaps millions, think.” ~ Lord Byron