Good morning all! It's been crazy busy in my neck of the woods, and we're just six short days from the end of NaNoWriMo for this year! I hope writing is going well, I know some people have already achieved their goals and others are still working! At the beginning of November, I attended the North Texas Two Step writer's conference where Margie Lawson lead us through a day long workshop that was just out of this world. Margie graciously accepted my request to guest blog today with tips for you, the writers and more. I encourage you to check it out and to comment for a chance to win one of the lecture packets. I am working my way through one currently, delving deeper into the emotional reactions and the work enriches the writing! So without further ado: Margie Lawson!
DUH Your Way to Success
KUDOS to all the intrepid NaNoWriMo warriors!
If you are writing every day and meeting your goals, I’m impressed.
If you are writing every day and not meeting your goals, I’m still impressed.
If your goals are DOABLE, your motivation is strong, but you are having trouble staying focused, try my DUH Plan.
Margie’s DUH PLAN:
1 -- Do it first -- or as close to first as humanly possible
2 -- Understand that it will be inconvenient and/or difficult and do it anyway
3 – Hurray! Celebrate! You did it!
See? It is a DUH plan. DUH – You will succeed.
Duh – if you exercised first every single morning . . . you’d always exercise. There would not be one day that you went to bed verbally berating yourself because you’d PLANNED to exercise. It had been REALLY important to you to fit exercise in your day. And still . . . you never got around to it.
As basic and “duh” as my DUH Plan is, it works.
If you set a goal of writing X number of pages FIRST THING in the morning and you commit to meeting that goal before you eat lunch, you will write those pages. You’ll have those pages written sometime before dinner, maybe before lunchtime.
You do not let other things fill that time. You do not answer the phone. You do not alphabetize your books. You do not check e-mail. You do not play computer games.
YOU DO EXACTLY WHAT YOU NEED TO DO TO SUCCEED.
Remember the NIKE slogan? JUST DO IT.
The “DUH Plan” has several advantages over Nike’s JUST DO IT slogan.
1) DUH tells you when to do it. DO IT FIRST.
2) DUH addresses the COGNITIVE and the BEHAVIORAL:
-----Cognitively, it’s understood that the task may be difficult or inconvenient.
-----Behaviorally, there’s no choice but to do it, like it or not.
3) DUH reminds you to Celebrate! To REVEL IN YOUR VICTORY, reinforcing your success.
Celebrate the little wins in little ways and the big wins in big ways. Congratulate yourself on meeting every goal. Set yourself up for success by building on manageable goals.
Celebrate with the meaningful things in life: laugh often, hug more, go to a movie, take a walk, chat with a friend, listen to music, do the Snoopy dance.
A lot of writers have day jobs or other daily life responsibilities – like child care and parent care. They can practice the DUH Plan by shifting it to as soon as they get home from work, after dinner, or after kids are in bed.
If you have a day job and your DO IT FIRST time is later—then it’s later. DUH!
Some writers get up at 4AM – to WRITE FIRST. If you can go to bed early – and you’re a morning person – that’s a fabulous idea. No distractions at 4AM.
If those early morning hours are not your power hours, do not try to write then. Write later.
Take charge of each day, and take charge of meeting your NaNoWriMo goals.
DUH your way to success!
Share how you have set yourself up for success!
Anyone who posts a comment TODAY has a chance to WIN a LECTURE PACKET from one of my on-line classes.
1. Defeat Self-Defeating Behaviors
2. Empowering Characters' Emotions
3. Deep Editing: The EDITS System, Rhetorical Devices, and More
4. Digging Deep Into the EDITS System
5. Writing Body Language and Dialogue Cues Like a Psychologist
6. Powering Up Body Language in Real Life: Projecting a Professional Persona When Pitching and Presenting
I’ll post the LECTURE PACKET WINNER tonight, at 8:00PM Mountain Time.
In January, I’m teaching Defeat Self-Defeating Behaviors, a power-packed on-line course that helps writers access their strengths—and empower creativity and productivity.
Please visit www.MargieLawson.com and click on Lecture Packets to read the course descriptions.
Margie Lawson—psychotherapist, writer, and international presenter –developed innovative editing systems and dozens of deep editing techniques. Her deep editing tools are used by all writers, from newbie to multi-award winners. She teaches writers how to edit for psychological power, how to hook the reader viscerally, how to write page turners.
Over four thousand writers have been introduced to Margie’s psychologically-based deep editing material. In the last five years, Margie has presented fifty-one full day Master Classes across the U.S., Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. She was also honored at both the Australia and New Zealand conferences to present their Keynote speech.
Visit her web site to read about her newsletter, contests, 3-day Immersion Master Classes, six on-line courses, Deep Editing Analyses, and presentation schedule: www.MargieLawson.com