3 Things that are very hard for me to do:

  1. Continue on a diet plan past Day 3.
  2. Exercise today (no problem there!), exercise again tomorrow..and then exercise again the day after that.
  3. Write, and then be unable to write for a season, and then get back into a regular routine of writing again.

Actually, let me correct that list…

1 Thing that is very hard for me to do:

  1. Persevere

According to merriam-webster.com, persevere means “to persist [to go on resolutely or stubbornly] in a state, enterprise, or undertaking in spite of counterinfluences, opposition, or discouragement.

For me, counterinfluences to writing include the many demands on my time, discouragement, medical issues, impatience, technical frustrations, interruptions…the list goes on and on.

Am I having a hard time persevering in my writing? Should I just throw in the towel, call it quits, give up? Emily Akin shared a great little article on discouragement over at Blog4Writers last week: Is It Time To Quit?

Emily challenges her readers with these questions: “Do you find yourself wanting to give up? How do you get yourself going again?”


How do I get myself going again after weeks away from the keyboard? Well, I remember…

  1. The wonderful people I have met through my writing. From my house in the middle of a hay field, I have been able to connect with people living a world away. What a gift!
  2. The encouraging words of those who have been somehow blessed by my writing. It would be impossible for me to overstate the value of even one reader’s sincere “Thank you!”
  3. The time and effort I have invested in my writing. I am 12,000 words into this next manuscript – do I really want to throw that away? No! Absolutely not!
  4. How much FUN writing is. Sure, writing is work, but I can’t think of any other work I’d rather be doing. I LOVE writing!
  5. Based on personal experience, I cannot NOT write. Give up writing for good? Yeah, right. I’m more likely to give up chocolate, coffee, and air. Not going to happen.

I love Emily Akin’s concluding statement: “I became a writer by design and not by coincidence. I was called and equipped to write, not to measure the cost. No – I’m not done yet. I just need a new plan.”

Designed, called, equipped…

No, I’m not done yet, either, Emily. Thank you so much for the timely encouragement!

Now, back to work.

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