Tag Archive 'Writing Goals'

The Crushing Weight of Expectations

It is a truth rarely acknowledged that the act of writing often comes with an entire catalog of weighted expectations attached to it. For published writers, it is SO easy for our self worth to become wrapped up in our commercial performance; it is almost inevitable that the weight of those hopes and expectations will […]

Solving a First-World Blogging Problem

For some time now, WU has been struggling with a challenge. It’s a good problem to have, and a symptom of the success Therese and Kathleen have worked hard to earn, but wearisome nonetheless. Quite simply, WU receives far more applications for guest-blog posts than it can possibly accommodate. This is where I come in. […]

I Prefer My Rubber to Meet the Road

We are about to enter the season of heightened expectations and goal-setting, so I’ll offer a story which I hope you’ll find helpful, then draw some lessons for the writing life. Years ago, I was overworking and missing my kids with a ferocity I found almost frightening. I’d drop them at the sitter’s and go […]

Deadlines vs. Goal Lines: The Emotional Divide

There once was a plot line hard hittin But the writer was best known for quittin’ “No time to write,” she did fret No one objected, I bet So she never got anything written. Ahem. So. Now that these lines have demonstrated that your competition for poet laureate is at a safe distance, perhaps you […]