I’d considered hosting my site for a while, but fear gripped me.
Move my writing blog to a new self-hosted domain? By myself? Talk about anxiety; that was it for me.
I moved past that fear to a blog that is smarter and cleaner than before. Some folks have asked, “How did you do it?” This is my story…to the best of my recollection.
This blog started as a free blog at WordPress.com.
I once heard a dynamic speaker teach on making significant decisions.
He told us all to remember the word “halt”.
Halt is an acronym for hungry, angry, lonely, and tired. This leader said if you’re feeling any of those emotions strongly, then put off (halt) the decision. One or more of those strong emotions can skew your judgment and you’re likely to make an unwise decision.
I find steam-powered locomotives fascinating. These older trains take a lot to get them moving, but once they’re going it’s actually harder to stop them than it is to keep them chugging along. Picture those giant brakes and how much distance it takes for them to stop.
I wondered after the last month, and my last post’s difficult subject, how the next one would go. I settled on sharing a few things I’ve been “up to” in my “down time.” Yes,
If you have followed my blog on writing, you know that I’ve shared a few personal things here. You may also know that I write often about creativity. I don’t believe in writer’s block; I don’t even use the term. I’ve experienced being stuck. But being a creative person, I also believe that, in most cases, I am the most experienced person to get myself unstuck. I’ve never been stuck for too long: Until recently.
According to Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary, a rejection slip is: a printed slip enclosed with a rejected manuscript returned by an editor to an author. Most times I agree with Merriam-Webster. It’s my preferred dictionary; but in this case, they are not up to date. They obviously don’t know that rejections are done ten times more efficiently today by email.
Since rejection is something we all deal with at times, I enlisted four writers and asked them each to write a little about how to handle rejection and keep writing.
Is it true you learn more from your failures than your successes?
What can we learn from difficult times?
Can rejection solidify your commitment to your goals?
Everyone identifies with failure, hard times, and rejection. I may have inherently realized how tangible they are, but I understood it more when I wrote about rejection last year in a post titled, “Receiving and Rising above Rejection.” That post was shared,
Do you ever wonder if you have the brilliance to be a writer?
Or look at the elitist literature types and think you’re not refined enough?
Is there only one chance to make a good impression?
Let me give you some hope and some help. Some help by saving you a few steps. Some hope by sharing with you some of the silly mistakes I’ve made…and why they don’t matter that much.
Have you ever wished you had an idea stash?
A stash is something stored away, usually in a secret place, for future use. Imagine you have to write a story, so you dip into your magical stash and grab a few ideas. You need to write an article or query for a magazine with a fresh angle, so you sneak into your idea reserve and develop an outline from one of your many choices.
Are your writing thoughts caught up in a winter vortex?
Is the cold weather sending your mind into hibernation mode?
Yes, below-freezing temperatures can chill your ability to churn out ideas, words, and paragraphs. It’s hard finding a fresh writing angle when you want to curl up in a warm spot and hibernate, (regardless of what Punxsutawney Phil predicts).
It would be nice,