Thursday, June 4, 2020

Dig In for the Long Haul! By Sally Shupe

It’s June. Where has the time gone? Seems like just the other day it was February. As I thought about this, I got to thinking about where I stood with the goals I’d set in January. I’m still working toward them. Where are you on the goals you set? Have you forgotten what they were? Accomplished some of them? Been very productive and met every one so far? (You get a gold star if you have!)

As I was running this morning, it hit me. When you set out to run for 45 minutes, or 3 miles, or a 10k, you start with a much different mindset than if you were just out for a jog around the neighborhood. You have water nearby. A fan turned on, unless you’re lucky enough to have AC lol. You block off time to run regularly. You can’t just wake up one day and say think I’ll run a 10k today. Some of you might be able to, but not me 😊.

When you get ready to spring clean, what do you do? Throw everything inside the house outside and get to work? No. You can’t finish it in a day. Walls, curtains, floors, windows, etc. You go room by room. When you’re making a quilt or blanket, you have to gather your supplies, find a place to work. When you start a diet, you have to buy the right foods, exercise.

What do you need to do to succeed? Dig in for the long haul! How do you do that? For making a blanket, you make sure you have enough supplies to start. You don’t just decide I need a hook. And then think, oh I need some yarn. A pattern might be nice. No. You gather all that first, and then start. Same with writing! Read crafting books about writing, read books in the genre you hope to publish in, research what agents and publishing houses are looking for, set up a place to work, figure out what you’re going to write, and then get to work.

After you’ve gotten started, find a critique group, a group of writerly friends who’ll read and offer feedback, get to know other writers, with events being online you can even attend an online writing conference.

If you’d like to connect, swap work for beta reads, chit chat on zoom, become writing partners, accountability partners, connect with me. My email is sallyshupe1 at gmail dot com. Let’s do this together! Dig in for the long haul and publish a book. Or spring clean your house. Or finish that blanket. Whatever it is you want to get done, start with the mindset you will accomplish it!

Sally Shupe lives in southwest Virginia with her husband, two grown kids-a daughter still at home and a son nearby, and a whole bunch of pets: five dogs, three cats, a rabbit, and birds at the birdfeeder (and the mandatory snowman when the snow cooperates). She writes contemporary Christian romance, with two completed manuscripts and three more in progress. They are part of a series located in small town Virginia.

When Sally’s not writing or working full-time, she is a freelance editor for several authors who write fiction and nonfiction; students working on dissertation papers; a copy editor for Desert Breeze; a content editor for Prism (became part of Pelican); performs beta reading for various authors; publishes book reviews on her blog and with Valley Business FRONT’s monthly magazine; is a member of ACFW and a PRO member of RWA; loves genealogy, running, and crocheting.

Sally uses her love of words to write about God’s amazing love.

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10 comments:

  1. Every project I take on ends up taking longer than I expected. ;)
    But since I'm in it for the long haul, I keep working, just adjusting the deadline of my goals.

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    1. Hi Lila!! I've said ever since having to work from home everything takes so much longer. I start to do one thing but then have to do two other things first. But so true just keep working!!

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  2. Great post, Sally! I've worked pretty steady on my WIP these past few months, but I've let things like spring cleaning slide. Feeling an urge to clean the walls and windows now (but I shall sit here til it passes, LoL). Thanks for the encouragement!

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    1. Hi Laura, great job on being steady. Yeah, I'd wait till that feeling passes too!!

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  3. Sally, you are so right about the need to prepare for the long projects, no matter what we are doing.

    Right now editing my manuscript is my biggie. Since I don’t always have a good block of time at my computer to focus, I keep a craft book on my Kindle so I can use little moments to improve my knowledge. This will help me in the long run so my editing efforts are fruitful.

    My spring cleaning....(or is it now summer cleaning?) requires some planning, but writing is so much more fun. Thanks for your thoughts on being ready to tackle our long distant endeavors!

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    1. Great job, Sherida!! It's probably summer cleaning, but it still feels like spring. I think I've lost a chunk of time somewhere...

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  4. What a great message! When we decide to write, we must know God has a plan for us. His timing is best.

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    1. Melissa, so true! My motto is write and see. Write what God tells you and see what He does.

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  5. Endurance is necessary to accomplish any task. Your thoughts always challenge me to examine my goals. Thank you.

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    1. Sandy, thank you so much for stopping by and commenting! I so appreciate you! Thank you for your encouraging words!

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