I Cry at Weddings (and other writing fails)

I’m exhausted. And also annoyed… 

… 100% at myself. 

(Okay maybe 98% at myself and 2% at the barking dog next door who hasn’t stopped yipping for the past hour, but I digress…) 

My brother got married this week, which required me to put on real clothes and do ‘people’ stuff. 

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Luckily, I really like **most** of my family so peopling wasn’t too hard.

As my very wise grandmother always says: “You will always love your family… but that doesn’t mean you have to like them.” 

Well said, grandma. Well said. 

But what do you do when you don’t really like yourself? 

Here’s what happened:

  • I was all excited for my brothers wedding (= good thing)
  • I texted back and forth with my sister-in-law for days as we both tried to figure out what to wear (= also good thing. There’s nothing wrong with looking a little cha-cha-cha 🙂
  • I ran all over town, picking up items for the ‘perfect’ wedding gift. (I love giving gifts!)  
  • And…

… I didn’t write a single word that week because I was SO distracted that only did work for my ‘normal job’.   

Right now, I’m editing a brand new fantasy romance novel that I’ve been working on for over a year and I am COMMITTED to publishing it this year! 

… at least, that’s what I say to myself when I’m getting up early to write before my ‘normal job.’ 

But then I let distractions get in the way. 

And before I blink, a week has gone by and my poor characters are still sitting in 2nd draft limbo.

Have you ever done this before too? (And if so, what are your best tips to get back on track?)

I beat myself up over the weekend (hence exhausted and annoyed), and then on Monday…

… I got up and opened my novel

… edited the words

… killed a character who didn’t need to be there  

… and made faces over my coffee mug while trying to make it better, make it good, make it sing! 

Even though I lost a week, it felt really good to show back up. Put in the time. And trust that the progress will come as long as I keep doing what I’m doing.  

I’m pretty sure showing up is half the battle. 

(The other half might have something to do with ‘people-ing’? … I’ll have to ask my grandmother about that) 

Whatever important dreams, goals, and plans you have — I hope you’ve been able to work on them this week too! 

Sending love & hugs your way,

Olivia ❤️😘

The goal each time I read!

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