By Terry Whalin @terrywhalin
As writers we love to make
excuses and procrastinate. It’s one of the reasons that writers are notoriously
late on their book deadlines. As an editor, I’ve heard every possible excuse
when writers call or email me to extend their manuscript deadline or their
deadline for a magazine article during my magazine editor days.
Every writer needs persistence and perseverance. In this article, I’m going to tell some personal
stories for your encouragement. If you want to get published, you need to use
your creativity to find your way forward through the task ahead of you. There is
always a way even if it is not your first choice.
Last week I logged on my PayPal
account and it was zero and a shock because it was supposed to have much more in
it. I had a dozen transactions that I did not make. I reported these
transactions and some of these funds are being restored. A day later I watched
on my phone as another charge (which I did not make) came into my email, then
several more emails which were suddenly deleted and my trash was emptied (to
cover their tracks). All of my devices including my desktop, laptop and phone
were hacked or controlled by an outside force. I took action and changed some
critical passwords then I took my computers to be fixed.
I’m without my computers for a
couple of days in this process but still using my phone (which has been made
secure). I’m writing these words on my AlphaSmart 3000 which is not hooked to
the internet and can hold up to 150 pages of text.
While I have no computer, I’m
still writing pages today and moving forward on several different writing
projects. I have found a way to overcome the situation. If I can find that way
in this situation, then I know that you can also find a way forward with your
writing. Like many things in life, these steps are conscious choices.
I’m also currently facing a
family situation where a family member is recovering from surgery and a short
stay in the hospital. Yes, this fact consumes some of my day but I’m continuing
to find a way to work and move forward. It’s part of my “no excuse” mentality
and determination to keep moving forward—even if some days I’m only making small
amounts of progress.
Planning Is Critical.
Before I turned in my computers
for repair, I set up the majority of my social media posts for the week using
Hootsuite. I’ve also made several other communication steps to move forward on
projects and plan ahead. This type of effort keeps my various projects in
motion. Without my computer, there are certainly some things which are not
happening, but these can be done later or are not significant and don’t matter
in the long run. Each of us can only do what we can do but you have to be
persistent and keep moving forward.
I’ll be doing some new functions
on my phone today because it is the only way I can do these tasks. In other
cases, I’m sending email to explain the delays and I continue communicating even
in the middle of these situations. I encourage you to keep clear communication
because again these actions are some of the keys to keep your work and projects
Our lives as writers are filled
with challenges which maybe work related or personal. How do you handle these
situations in your own life? Let me know in the comments below.
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