Monday Mayhem: Rewrite Your Story!

Well we’ve crossed over the threshold into another year! We often use this flip of the calendar page as an opportunity to turn over a new leaf in our personal story as well. So, what new plot will be worked out this year? What twists and turns are in store? Are there cliffhangers yet to be resolved?

What’s exciting is each of has the power of the pen in our hands. We get to write, or rewrite our story, and with each new year we’re presented with a fresh new page on which to publish whatever twist or turn we think our story needs.

Too often, though, we relinquish that power to others, allowing others to define us. We let others tell us who we are then find ourselves like Alice in Wonderland sailing headlong into someone else’s storybook adventure.

If you’ve been trapped in the vortex of someone else’s story, I invite you to take up the sword, that is your pen, literal and/or metaphorical. Determine what it is that you, the protagonist, want.

Make a plan for how you will move towards that goal or purpose and begin revising your story. It’s a new year, you have a fresh page!

Check back tomorrow for Tanzy Chandler’s New Year’s story!

Happy Monday 2018!

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Happy New Year! Writer Goals for 2017

Wow! 2017! Can you believe it?

So, now it begins…the journey that is Books & Coffee. (Check out my “Welcome” post if you’re visiting for the first time.) Today begins my journey towards more –and hopefully better–writing. So, to kick things off, I’ve made a list of goals to keep me on track, because what else are you supposed to do on the first day of the year, if not make a list of resolutions? But even as I do so, I am keenly aware of the reality that resolutions are usually only good for the first month of the year. Everybody gets the gym membership, launches the business plan, commits to dropping that bad habit, then somewhere around February 1st, goes right back to where we started, right?

Then, how do we avoid falling into that trap of waning post-New Year’s enthusiasm? I wish I had an answer to that question! All I know is that we just have to try and keep trying! Ben Huberman has some suggestions and  Ira Shor’s advice is a great way to begin:

So, with this in mind, here’s my list for 2017:

  1. Write daily.  This is a tough one, but I’m not talking about daily philosophical treatises, I’m just talking about writing something every day–even if it’s just a few paragraphs.
  2. Allow yourself to write poorly. Don’t misunderstand. The goal here is NOT to write poorly, but rather to allow yourself the space to write even if it isn’t your best work. This is what Ira Shor is talking about, and he’s right, this is tough! I know what good writing looks like, so when I’m not producing it, my natural inclination is to stop.  But I must push past this temptation and just keep writing. The assumption here is that the bad writing will get better. (*fingers crossed*)
  3. Build a community of writers. I think humans, for the most part, are naturally social beings. Although there are times when I want to shut out the world, more often than not, I thrive when surrounded by like-minded people with whom I can share and from whom I can learn . That’s where you come in! You, the community of writers and aspiring writers who share in this passion to give voice to our ideas that have the potential to change the world!

So, now it begins…Happy writing & Happy 2017!