Good morning everyone. Kacey here again. Happy Saturday. Another balmy and cold day in store for us here in my area of Ontario. Mother Nature is certainly keeping us on our toes with crazy weather. I think she likes playing with us, making each day interesting. I’ve been dreaming of warmer temps and Spring arriving sooner rather than later. I don’t think I’m getting my wish anytime soon.
But! That leads me to today’s post. The power of positivity and focusing on the good rather than the negative. Though I didn’t make any resolutions for this year, I have promised myself to focus on the positive and try to project more positivity to my peers and those around me. I’ve said it before; writing can be a very solitary business/world for a writer. We live so much in our heads with our characters and their stories, and when there are frustrations happening with them, we can get very down on ourselves, as writers. We can quite often lose ourselves in the process of a maddening plot that isn’t working, characters that perhaps we’re trying to fit together who do not work and there’s a lot of weight on our shoulders to produce that sparkling, riveting masterpiece, the negativity can result in depression, angst, and we can sometimes push those closest to us aside because they don’t completely understand what we are going through.
It’s happened to me a few times, and I hate that it does, so this year I promise myself to take a step back from the project I’m writing. I will remember that if I leave it alone for a day or two, concentrate on family, meet friends for lunch, take a long walk, etc., the story will still be there waiting when I take the break. And instead of focusing on the negatives of what I’m working on, the things not working, I’ll focus on everything that is working. If I’m struggling with the plot, then I’ll concentrate on the characters – who they are, the depth of them all and fleshing out all there is to know about them. If it’s the characters not working, then I’ll focus on the plot that is working. There are many aspects in writing that all authors need to cover that it is easy to get pulled under but we have to remember we are just as important as the story(ies). If we, the authors, don’t take care of our minds and bodies, then our work will show it.
Allow yourself time to be with family and friends and surround yourself with other positive and strong peers who only want what is best for you. Simply decide to be happy. Even when you’re struggling. Be happy that you have a gift of the written word that many people wish they possessed. Take that difficulty in whatever it is, and turn it into strength, determination and perseverance. You might be surprised what you learn about yourself when you rise above the negativity.
Until next week,