The powers that be claim our plethora of potholes come from the freeze/thaw cycle we experience during the winter. The funny thing is, I only remember a freeze cycle and a lot of snow. No thaws. That year in particular, the snow stayed around all winter. At any rate, last year’s potholes appeared about the same time as the Winter Olympics, so, in the spirit of things, I decided to create a new sport for my driving amusement–Pothole Dodging.
On any given trip, I scored myself. I lost a tenth of a point for not dodging a “rough patch” and half a point for hitting a small pot hole. Hitting a large one would cost me a whole point. Of course, there were long and short courses to correspond with the length of the trip.
During my very own, and very private, Olympic sport (and I can assure you that this is the extent of my athletic abilities), I discovered two things. One, I am a Gold Medalist in Pothole Dodging, and two, my husband is not.
While he is an excellent driver, he is looks at the end goal while he’s driving and regularly misses the hole right in front of him. It got me to thinking about writing (as most things do). That’s how it is so often is with our writing journeys. We have our minds set so firmly on the goal of being published or writing the next book, that we miss the pothole on our path ready to trip us up. Not being aware of those potential dangers can really through us off the path or hut us along the way.
As writers, we have to be ready with a plan of action to handle writing potholes. How do you skirt distractions? Keep focused? Handle discouragement?
Realize there are things out there ready to trip you up as a writer and plan how you will deal with them. And when you do hit a pothole, make sure you have a support group of other writers that will help you get back on the road.
And what advice does the self-proclaimed Gold Medal Pothole Dodger have to navigate those real life writing potholes? Let’s start with my favorite. Develop a habit of writing every day. Whenever you miss days, it’s harder to get back on track. When you write every day, your writing has better continuity and you learn to make your creativity work for you and not the other way around.
So, dodge that procrastination pothole, put the pen to the paper, and give yourself a medal. Even imaginary ones feel pretty good!
That's great advice every writer can use. Thank you for sharing.
“I failed my way to success.” –Thomas Edison
Love that quote! We're excited to learn more about your book, A Great Catch.
She wants to change the world.
He wants to change her mind.
It’s the beginning of a new century at Lake Manawa resort in Iowa, but some things never change. When Emily Graham’s meddlesome aunts and grandmother take it upon themselves to find her a husband among the resort guests, the spunky suffragist is determined to politely decline each and every suitor. She has neither the time nor the need for a man in her busy life.
Carter Stockton, a recent college graduate and a pitcher for the Manawa Owls baseball team, intends to enjoy every minute of the summer before he is forced into the straitlaced business world of his father.
When their worlds collide, neither Emily nor Carter could have guessed what would come next. Will Carter strike out? Or will Emily cast her vote for a love that might cost her dreams?
Sounds like a great book. What formats can readers find this book in and where should they look?
It's available in trade paperback, Kindle, Nook, and e-book and the link to find it online is: http://www.christianbook.com/a-great-catch-lake-manawa/lorna-seilstad/9780800734466/pd/734460
Reviews of A Great Catch
"A Great Catch weaves humor, history, romance, and spiritual truths into a delicious story that will delight readers’ hearts. What a fun, relaxing read! I’d like to remain at Lake Manawa forever."--Laura Frantz, author of The Frontiersman’s Daughter and Courting Morrow Little
"A grand slam! In a story as refreshing and invigorating as lemonade, Seilstad raises deep questions about a woman’s relationship with God, her dreams, and the people in her life--while making me laugh so loudly my kids came running to get in on the joke."--Sarah Sundin, author of the Wings of Glory series
Lorna, thanks so much for stopping by today to share your inspirational story and advice to other authors. Hope everyone can stay for a bit to chat with us.