What do you do when you have a success with your writing? Do you quickly move on to the next action step or do you sit and enjoy it? There’s something to be said for stopping to smell the roses – but not if you fall asleep wallowing in them. You’ll get pricked and bleed. It will be ugly. Trust me.
Last week, I got some exciting news that a story I submitted for a popular anthology was accepted. A PR firm contacted me and soon I had all kinds of attention-getting diversions!
I know my own shortcomings and confessed to a mentor that as I was posting the good news on Facebook, a part of me knew I’d waste endless hours basking in the “likes” and “shares” and “comments” surrounding my success. When would I write?
A certain amount of fear joined the excitement; fear that my biggest publishing success so far would be my last.
We made a plan to stay in action. Here’s a few things you can do if you find yourself with a “win” that threatens to deter you from a bigger goal.
3 Steps to Keep Your Success from Becoming Writer’s Block
1. Set aside a certain amount of time to pat yourself on the back via social media or other means.
2. Decide on a next step before you click “post.”
3. Next steps can include any of the following:
- Deadline for new submission
- Revision time on a work-in-progress (WIP)
- Chapter read in a book on craft.
4. Use affirmations to remind yourself “That is not all the music that is in you.”