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Avoid Temptations and Distractions

3 Sep

003Well, this was supposed to come out Tuesday, but as you can obviously see, this is Wednesday, so that should give you a clue how the fourth attempt at a new schedule is working out for me.

Oh well!

We do what we can and we deal with it.

Let’s talk today about temptations.  Sounds a bit Biblical, doesn’t it?


Too many Christians have a commitment of convenience. They’ll stay faithful as long as it’s safe and doesn’t involve risk, rejection, or criticism. Instead of standing alone in the face of challenge or temptation, they check to see which way their friends are going.

Charles Stanley
Again with the religious overtones.  I promise this is not a religious blog.


At least once a week someone suggests that I should write an ebook about writing.  They mean well and I understand why they suggest it…and I’m appreciative….but right now, it’s not in my plan.

Someone suggested I do a webinar about writing, and it was a wonderful suggestion…but right now, it’s not in my plan.

When I started writing full-time three years ago, I sat down and made out a five-year plan.  It is quite detailed.  It takes me step by step through the five years, the things I want to accomplish each year, and the things I need to do to accomplish them.  I am right on schedule…but…I wouldn’t be if I took detours every time someone suggested something new.

If I had not experienced some victories, and if I had failed miserably in achieving goals to this point, I would certainly consider new things.

But I’m right on schedule with my plan.

What’s the point?

I think you can figure that out.

I am the only one who can determine my business plan, and I’m the only one who can activate it and decide whether it needs changing.  I don’t see any point in messing with success right now.  Although all the suggestions I have received have been wonderful….

They are not in my plan.

Do you have a plan?


You guessed it.  If you have goals then you need a plan.  I don’t know how to say that in a clearer way. Naturally, if you simply write for the pure joy of writing, then a plan is not necessary.  But if you have goals in mind, then I strongly suggest you sit down and hammer out a game plan.


I’m all about supporting writers, and I love to highlight new writers I discover, so here is one I think you will enjoy.  Her name is Brie Hoffman and you can find her here.


Big Pond Rumours has a poetry and prose contest and they are currently accepting submissions. The entry fee is only $7 and I believe the deadline is the end of November. Find it here.


November 2012 around Olympia 012

The picture speaks of fall.  The prompt is this:  Remember a lovely walk you took on a fall afternoon.  What do you see, feel, hear, smell, and taste?


I don’t have a clue when the next blog entry will appear. I hope I have it figured out soon because I love uniformity in my life, and I think it helps my followers to expect things on certain days.  So stay tuned and we’ll find out together.

Have a wonderful day of writing.  Remember that what you do is special, so treat it like a precious gift.


“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”