Friday, March 11, 2011

Writer's Mindset: Small Victories

"Go as far as you can see. When you get there, you'll always be able to see further."
--Zig Ziglar

The most important tool in a writer's arsenal is mindset.

Beyond craft. Beyond technique.


Without it, a writer is dead in the water.

I don't care if you can write like Faulkner. Lack the proper mindset and you're toast.

Fellow writer Hillary Jacques recently posted aboutsomething I think every writer needs to keep in mind, things that should be part of that Writer's Mindset.

The idea of small victories.

Get them. Use them.

Now, you're probably wondering how that Zig Ziglar quote fits.

Simple. Small victories is the act of going as far as you can see.

What trips up most writers, especially those writing novels, is the scope of the project. They lock onto the idea of the novel as a whole. The big tamale. The whole shebang.

The top of Mt. Everest.

And when they do that, they will freak out. Freeze. Or start to see their efforts as futile.

Bad move.

What you've gotta do is line up your small victories until you get to the Final Victory.

One step at a time, and always moving forward.

So instead of looking at having to write 95,000 words, look at writing 1,000.

Or 500.

Then, write the next 500. Or 1,000. Or whatever.

Small victories, Dudes and Dudettes. Small victories.

(photo: NineTen/Amanda Salazar, Nine Ten Creative/stock.xchng)

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