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You Do You

Updated: May 15, 2020

Yesterday I finally received the critique of Birthday Ranch. Every moment of yesterday afternoon was dedicated to waiting, checking, yearning for this feedback. So that I can revise. Because no matter how many times I hear that I can take my time fulfilling a submission request, I still panic that I’m missing my opportunity—that it will disappear. Thus, I woke up today ready to tackle the notes and work on my manuscript.


But have you heard about the new series streaming on AmazonPrime called Upload?? It’s so good. I had to watch every episode.


Also, the weather turned out to be much nicer than expected and I had been meaning to plant an onion cutting and some basil, so I did that. And Piglet Peabody really wanted to play fetch, and we all know that you can’t resist that little squish.

I admire the writers who can pledge to write 1,000 words per day and fulfill that. My creative brain doesn’t work like that. I need to be in the right frame of mind to tell the story that I want to tell. When I was in school, I took a psychology test to determine the best environment for me to learn. Turns out, laying down in bed is where I am most productive.


And at times it is excruciating to be patient with myself and wait for that magical moment when I have the time and headspace to knock out chapter after chapter.


But when it hits, watch out.


If your creative process doesn’t align with best practices but you still see yourself fulfilling your goals, be kind to yourself. It’s important for each person to understand how their own brain works and honor that. It will get done. You will succeed,


And in the meantime, do that laundry, go to that luncheon, binge-watch that show. Because we are not all built the same and don’t optimize the same way. And we are allowed to do other things in the meantime. Live. YOUR. Life. 🙌

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