Goals

Find the Mole

SpyglassJohn Le Carre wrote the espionage classic, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy in the seventies. The book was based on a real mole in British Intelligence named Kim Philby who operated for the Russians for decades. In a forward to the book, Le Carre equated the devastating effects to the agency as being turned inside-out. The fiction brilliantly depicts how the Russians feed certain information to the British which manipulates them into a string of intelligence failures. The main character, George Smiley, comes out of the retirement to which he’s been dismissed after the last major embarrassment to find the mole. I loved the book and the movie.

Symptoms

There were signs portrayed in the book that all along something was wrong on the inside. Odd decisions were made. Personnel in the know were pushed aside. Information that was too good to be true was taken as gospel truth. Failures mounted.

Do You Have a Mole?

Do you have trouble getting any writing done? Are you sporadic in your activities? Spending too much time watching TV? Too much time on Twitter, Facebook or other social media?

MoleIf so you may have an inner mole, something that’s undermining your efforts. Your creativity is stifled at best, wearing concrete shoes at worst. You need to hunt down your inner-mole. But how?

Suggestions

1. I’ve written about Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way previously but I’ll push it again. The book teaches how to recover and cultivate creativity. Get a copy and read it.

2. Here are 4 Reasons Why I Journal. Perhaps they will help you break loose from unmotivated ways, prime your creativity and springboard into productivity.

3. Set goals and work to meet them. Here are my 8 tips for setting goals. Why not try them out?

4. Schedule your time wisely and say no to all the things that draw your attention from your creativity.

Don’t Be…

Let me put it this way:
When you have an inner-mole you do nothing creative.
When you do nothing creative you waste your life.
When you waste your life you feel depressed.
When you feel depressed you sit around doing nothing.
When you sit around doing nothing you die.
When you die they eventually find your skeleton in the chair.
Don’t be the skeleton in the chair.

Find your inner-mole.

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How do your avoid writing (we all do it)? What actions do you take to overcome your inner-mole? Please leave comments in the section below. I’d also love to connect with you over social media so check my contact page for that information. See the News page for announcements and remember to sign-up to receive news and posts by email. I’ve added a new sign-up tab on my FaceBook page to simplify the process. New followers can download The Black Bag via free coupon today!

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PHS

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Writing is Long Distance Running

Running ShoeI was out running the other day and came to a downhill grade. It was nice to cruise along feeling comfortable – much easier than going up hill. I wished my writing was this easy on a regular basis. I also wished I was running writing the NaNoWriMo in November.

Then it hit me, running isn’t constantly easy and neither is writing. Like running, writing has uphill challenges as well as other. With running you might face rain, heat, snow, wind or any combination of these conditions. When writing I face any number of difficulties that challenge what I’m doing from distractions of various forms to keeping up with the business of writing to discouragement over what I’m doing.

So if writing and running are similar in that challenges constantly abound, how should I approach writing in regard to running? For those who reading and are runners you already get this. Running is simple but requires both some planning and positive mindset. Runners often plan the schedule, mileage, pace, type of training and many other details.

Back View of Man Running on StairsCompetitive runners (and even those of us who run races for our own benefit otherwise) also plan their race strategy. Yes, there is a strategy to running a distance race. Check out the first American 10,000 meter Olympic champion Billy Mills in the 1964 Olympics. He ran behind for much of the race and then edged up later before finishing with incredible burst. When it came to the last push he was ready and finished with an amazing final kick to the finish. He had a strategy that he executed to perfection. Interestingly, no American even medaled in the event until Galen Rupp finished second to his training partner, Mo Farah of Great Britain, by only hundredths of a second. Both men had similar race plans and beat heavy favorites from other countries.

Writing is the same way. As a writer on a long project you must have a plan to accomplish your goal of finishing the book and publication. Overall, you must be willing to meet constant challenges and retain your morale through these to finish this “race”.

I’m not taking part in NaNoWriMo this year since I’m working on other projects but I have written the largest part of a novel’s first draft in a month. It is a marathon that is challenging. When next I attempt this I will have a plan that is more than how many words I intend to write per day. I will plan ahead with an outline, character sketches, plot lines (and write to them) and many other details.

My hat’s off to those who are starting the writing marathon in just a few days. I wish you all well. Get your sleep, plan for it and stretch for the goal and then enjoy the accomplishment. Run strong, far and finish with strength, speed and determination.

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Are you participating in NaNoWriMo this year? What do you anticipate will be your biggest challenges? I’d love to hear from you so won’t you leave a question, idea or strategy in the comment section? I’d also love to connect with you over social media so check my contact page for that information. See the News page for announcements and remember to sign-up to receive news and posts by email. I’ve added a new sign-up tab on my FaceBook page to simplify the process. New followers can download The Black Bag via free coupon today!

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Quick Tip: Using Klout to Enhance Your Reach

Klout Suggestions

Some days my analytics suffer and sometimes they really click well. Part of the reason for fluctuations in analytics is availability to interact. Weekends and holidays are some of the reasons I might post less. Of course I can schedule some tweets and posts but I also need ways to share other content than my own. I’ve found Klout to be a source that supplements my social media, especially on the days when I spend less time on my author platform. Here are a few aspects of Klout that help my social media:

  • It suggests some Twitter followers for me. I’ve followed some of these and gotten extra follows back off this action.
  • It suggests articles I can schedule to tweet the next day. This is great to share content links that I like. I’ve gotten extra retweets on days when I’m not able to be as active as other days.

Businessman Speaking Through MegaphoneThese little suggestions have proven to enhance my author platform in supplemental ways that really help over weekends and holidays.

Do you have a Klout account? What do you use as a supplemental strategy to enhance your analytics when you have less availability? I’d love to hear from you so please leave a question, idea or strategy in the comment section. I’d also love to connect with you over social media so check my contact page for that information. See the News page for announcements and remember to sign-up to receive news and posts by email. I’ve added a new sign-up tab on my FaceBook page to simplify the process. New followers can download The Black Bag via free coupon today!

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