February 2023: SET

You have more than you need, and more than you thought you would have. Simply put: it will get no easier than it is right now to write. I understand (completely!) what it means to want things to be smoother to write. But, the key factor of the writing process is–you.


You can do all the research: you still need to apply it.

You can have a great writing schedule: you still need to write.

You can have dedicated notebooks: you still need to fill them.

You have all you need to go forward!


February 2023: SET

Keeping focus as a writer can be difficult at points, especially in the era where everything is instant and constant. In the time where writing can be or is most difficult, is where you must evaluate whether or not you can continue on/with the writing you desire to do.

When I have writing that I need to do, and feel I don’t have time, I have this quick system (adjust as need be):

1.) Pause the current WIP. Let the work sit for a minute.

2.) If I have smaller projects I can focus on, I finish those–it makes room for the work I need to do.

3.) Switch gears and write something totally different.

The goal is to balance time and effort. Once you are aware of your writing schedule, and what works best for you, the possibilities to augment or pause when necessary, are more realistic.

Be mindful of what is in front of you, and what you may have to press through.

I AM A WRITER: Final Reflection

I am a writer.

I am a storyteller, poet, essayist and one who uses art to speak truth to power.

I am a teacher. An encourager.

I am a support and a push.

I do my work, as Baldwin said, so when I am needed, I’ll be there.

I am here to entertain, encourage, impart and remind.

My hope for this series was to bring light and support to all of you. My hope is something would be said (or written) to encourage you all not to quit.

If no one told you over this 30 days that they were proud of you, I am proud of you.

Keep going.