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Doctor Pychyl On Procrastination | Quote of the Day 9/7/2017


Doctor Pychyl On Procrastination | Quote of the Day 9/7/2017


Struggling

I really wanted to post something insightful and relevant today, but I’m having such a hard time focusing right now that it doesn’t look like that’s going to happen. Why am I struggling so hard to focus and find something good to share here? Is it the general and hormonal discomforts of the third trimester? Is it my current project that I can’t tell you about because I’m going to publish it under a pen name? Is it sheer exhaustion?

I honestly don’t know what my problem is right now. Sigh. Maybe I’ll just go do some work on the project that hath no name.


Surreal

I’m sitting at my desk, staring at a print copy of my first published novel, and it somehow just does not feel real. I’m holding it in my hands, and I keep waiting to wake up and realize that I still haven’t accomplished anything with my writing. Frost is out in the world. People are buying copies, and I’m tracking sales and downloads on a daily basis. For some crazy reason, though, I keep waking up and wondering if this is real, or if I just dreamed it all and I’m still a failure as a writer. I’m not really sure how to shake this feeling of things being surreal.

Will it feel more real when I get my first royalty check? Will it feel more real when I start signing copies for friends and family? Would it feel more real if I had a launch party? Any thoughts or advice are welcome.


Quote of the Day – 4/8/16 – Malcolm S. Forbes On Victory

“Victory is sweetest when you’ve known defeat.” -Malcolm S. Forbes

How could victory ever be worth it without struggle? Nobody wants the things that come too easily. I believe that people tend not to place much value on things that come too easily. I think we tend to take them for granted. As an only child, I know plenty about taking things for granted.

If you don’t have to work for something, then it doesn’t mean much to you. So, if you find yourself struggling in the pursuit of your calling, take that as a sign that you’re on the right track. If it seems like the work you’re doing is hard and sometimes thankless, then you’re working your way up to something special. You’re pursuing your calling, and every bit of toil will prove to be worth it.

Every late night, early morning, every grueling and dark hour when you can hardly think of anything you want to be doing less than fighting anymore, or every time you’re tempted to take the easy path but choose not to…it will all pay off in the end. Keep fighting for your calling, even in your darkest moments. I promise it will be worth it.

God bless y’all, and I pray that you keep at your good work.


Quote of the Day

“I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.”
-Stephen Covey

I’m not going to lie–this is a concept that I’ve struggled with for most of my life. I’ve often wondered “How can I not be a product of my circumstances?” Things happen, and you react to them, right?

What if that ‘s not really how things work? In the interest of full disclosure, I never really asked myself that question until I read this quote today. What if it’s that things happen, and you have the opportunity to decide how you’re going to react? This is one of those moments where I’m totally stunned that I never considered these things before.

You do have the right to choose. Having free will is one of the greatest things about being a sentient human being, right? You have the right to make a conscious decision about how you react to everything.

For example: I am having a profound struggle with the time change because of daylight savings time. Having to turn the clocks forward an hour is kicking the crap out of me, and that’s probably because I have been letting it. Yes, I’m tired, but I shouldn’t be allowing a time change to derail my pursuit of my calling as a writer completely.

I’ve been sleeping in instead of dragging my butt out of bed and cranking out my hour a day of writing. I feel sorry for it. Terrible, actually. I feel like a poor excuse for a human being and a very bad example. If I feel called to do something, I should be able to drag myself out of bed and do it first thing in the morning, right?

I’m pretty prone to making mistakes. I’m prone to procrastination, dropping the ball, and all kinds of other euphemisms for failure. I do, however, dust off the failures and continue my pursuit of my calling to be a writer. I think that my choosing to continue pursuing it after hundreds of failures says something about my character. I hope it means that I’m truly dedicated to my calling.

Does anyone else have similar struggles? If so, please share them.


Quote of the Day – 2/21/16

“Sing praise to the LORD, you holy ones of His. Give thanks to His holy name. For His anger is but for a moment. His favor is for a lifetime. Weeping may stay for the night, but joy comes in the morning. As for me, I said in my prosperity, ‘I shall never be moved.'” -Psalm 30:4-6 (www.dailybible.co)

You may have noticed that this is the first time my “Quote of the Day” has been a quotation from the Bible. In the past, I have been reluctant to intermingle my career as a writer with my personal faith. I feared that doing so might push some of my potential readers away. I have also had a lifelong struggle with my faith, which I will explain some other time. In any case, I am a Christian, and my faith is a surprisingly integral part of who I am. So, from now on, my “Quote of the Day” each Sunday will be a quote from the Bible, courtesy of the Daily Bible Inspirations app.

I do not claim to have any sort of divine insight regarding this passage, but I can tell you what it means to me, personally, as a writer and Christian. The message I get from this Biblical quote, in regards to my writing practice, is that I should not be easily discouraged. If I keep the faith and remain dedicated to my writing practice, God will bless me with the resolve and imagination I need to continue pursuing my calling as a writer.

I truly believe that if I prayerfully approach my calling as a writer, that God will lead me in the right direction. I believe that God will lead me and my work on the correct path, and open the right doors for me.

In the past, I have struggled with an obsession with what I perceive as fair, and that has often clashed with my faith. I have been fixated on fairness for as long as I can remember. My earliest memories involve me, fraught with indignant outrage over how unfair things often were, socially, at school. Both my grandmothers, women of incredible and unshakeable faith, told me the same thing over and over. “Life isn’t fair, but God is.” Whenever they told me that, it only succeeded in infuriating me even more because I didn’t have the capacity to understand what it meant.

It’s taken me almost 27 years to come to grips with both my faith and my desire to be treated fairly. It has taken me my entire life up until this point–years of lost, frustrated heartache–to finally understand what they meant. It has taken me almost 27 years to finally accept the fact that God knows better than I do what is best for my life. It has taken my whole life for me to finally understand that God’s plan and my plans may not always be one and the same. It has taken me the entirety of my life to understand that God knows better than I do what is best for me, and what path I need to follow to fulfill my life’s purpose.

I believe that’s what has made it so difficult for me to complete Frost in a timely manner. I didn’t want Frost to be Christian fiction because I was afraid it would limit me by excluding non-Christian readers. Frost began as an exploration of my personal struggles with the idea that “Life isn’t fair, but God is,” and that is the way I intend to finish it. If that means that Frost ends up being Christian fiction, then I’m going to stand by it. I feel called to share that struggle. I feel compelled to tell Frost the way it initially struck me.

I have faith that I am now telling the story as God intended me to tell it, and I sincerely hope that this story will still be an irresistibly fantastic adventure when I’m through telling it the way it was supposed to be told.

 


Guest Posts Wanted!

I would love to feature guest posts from other writers, big and small, concerning the struggles we all face, and the passion that gives us the perseverance to continue pursuing our writing dreams. If you have something to share in this vein, please submit it via email to chelsealclemmons.author@gmail.com.

If you submit a guest post, please include a link to your blog and the name of one work/project of yours (as well as a link to it if it is available for sale, etc.) so that I can promote you to my followers.

Once your guest post has gone live, feel free to share a link to it on your blog, social media, etc. I will share it with mine, plus the Author Promotion Network (@AuthorPromoNet) Twitter accounts that I run. If your book or project falls into a particular genre, let me know so I can promote it for you on the correct branch account(s) as well!

In other news, I am actively seeking books to review. If you have a book or story you’d like me to review, please attach it as a PDF or EPUB file and I will post a review within 40 days of receiving the file.


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