Episode #16 – Start, Stop, Repeat

Do you remember the movie Groundhog Day with Bill Murray and Andie McDonald? In it, Murray keeps experiencing the same day over and over.

So often, our writing practice is like Murray’s experience—a cycle that repeats until something changes.

Watch today’s writing tip and break the cycle.

Often, we start writing with great enthusiasm, and then for some reason, we stop. Life gets busy. We lose confidence in our writing ability. We don’t know where we’re going with our writing.

This becomes a cycle. We start; we stop. We start again; we stop again.

And each time we repeat this scenario, starting takes longer and longer, and it’s harder and harder to work up any energy around your writing.

If you’ve experienced that start-stop-start-stop cycle, know it doesn’t have to be that way. Murray stopped the cycle. He made a different choice, and you can, too.

You can start and keep going, one sentence at a time, one paragraph at a time. Create a writing schedule you can maintain and protect it like any other important appointment.

So, what is your writing plan for this week? How will you protect that time?

Make a commitment to yourself and be accountable to us. Share your writing plan for this week with us in the comments section below, and let us know how you do. We’d love to celebrate your success with you.

Remember, the only way to do this wrong is to not do it at all!

Until next time, happy writing.

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Julie Folkerts
1 year ago

Thanks Patricia for the sound advice!!!

1 year ago

Since I am watching this a week later, I cannot set up goals. But, I was so busy meeting that weeks goals that I did not have the time to watch this video. Sorry, Patricia.

Kit Dwyer
1 year ago

What an inspiring Vlog message! It reminds me of the saying, Nothing Changes If Nothing Changes. I’m committing to write in my journal every morning this week and to continue in my notebook any ideas for stories that my journaling stimulates.

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