Advice for writers and dieters #TT

Writing advice from a dieter's point of view. Great advice for writers and dieters.

Throwback Thursday

The following is a blog post from June, 2009. It’s great writing advice for writers and dieters, just as relevant now as it was then.

Advice for writers and dieters

Writing advice from a dieter's point of view. Advice for writers and dieters.Recently, while surfing the internet, I found some tips for maintaining a healthier lifestyle that could easily be applied to a healthier writing life style:

  • You can become whatever you envision. Yeah, that’s right. If you think like a best-selling author, you’ll draw more attention and success than if you believe you’ll always fail.
  • Claim your power. You know you have it, or why pursue writing for a career/hobby/something to get away?  Empower yourself with your talent and get to work.
  • Set your priorities. Write another scene or blog? Send out a query to an agent or an editor? Research your next work or edit your last scene? Without a clear path, you won’t make progress.
  • Get pushy with yourself. The book won’t write itself. If you think you’ll only have time for one page today, write two. Set your timer for fifteen minutes, turn off your inner editor, and push through, no stops, no looking up stuff, until the timer goes off. Then write another page.
  • Give yourself permission to succeed. Nothing makes me angrier than hearing a fellow writer talk about submitting, then hearing her follow it up with a self depreciating remark. Hey, if you’re going to write, then at least believe you’ll succeed at it. As Yoda said, “There is no try, there is only do.”
  • Give yourself permission to be awesome. Yes.You. You tell it to your kids everyday. Why treat yourself to a lesser attitude?
  • Become part of a circle. Whether it’s a writing group, a critique group or a good friend who’s not afraid to tell you when your story has strayed, find a foundation of support that will help you grow.

These tips were meant to help lose weight, but if they work to make you a better writer, so much the better.



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  1. Mayuri Nidigallu September 14, 2017 @ 10:34 pm

    A very inspiring post, Cheryl! Love the way you turned around a post meant as dieting tips to tips for writing. Clever writing!

  2. Rakhi Parsai September 14, 2017 @ 11:34 pm

    Some very nice tip on writing. Loved ready you via this campaign. Would love to come back again for more knowledge.

  3. anupriya September 14, 2017 @ 11:35 pm

    Very inspiring! I loved “There is no try, There is only Do” What an energy infusing thought. Am going to pin this post and read it everyday before getting to my writing desk.

  4. Vasantha Vivek September 14, 2017 @ 11:59 pm

    Interesting and motivating. Writing groups are always awesome on the way it supports for our writing. Happy to connect with you for #MyFriendAlexa !!!

  5. akshata September 15, 2017 @ 12:09 am

    Those are super awesome tips- which hold good not only for writers but for any sphere of life. I have personally found that unless one trusts oneself and holds oneself in high esteem, there is little chance that one will succeed.

  6. Dr Pooja Tripathi September 15, 2017 @ 12:19 am

    That’s interesting and creative way to link both losing weight and writing tips.
    Keep writing

  7. Neha September 15, 2017 @ 12:41 am

    Loved this! It’s motivating and reminds you to be positive about yourself.

  8. Anchal September 15, 2017 @ 12:46 am

    That is a very inspiring post. We should treat ourselves the best 🙂

  9. karuna chauhan September 15, 2017 @ 1:54 am

    Loved this! am on a weight loss program and could so related but aptly said. greater writer tips too!

  10. Iram September 15, 2017 @ 2:37 am

    Being a writer and blogger. I think I’ll help myself with these tips. More often than not we are aware of these things but tend to ignore all the time
    Hope your article will keep me motivated Cheryl

  11. ShraestaSuresh (@shraesta22) September 15, 2017 @ 2:46 am

    Cheryl, that’s really motivating tips to writers. Give permission for your success. Highlight it. Love the way you have flowed down your pen to reach your readers.
    My wishes to you.

  12. Obsessivemom September 15, 2017 @ 2:54 am

    You turned this one around so smartly. Writing and siting have always been top priorities for me and I love that all points fit in so well with both.

  13. Shamik September 15, 2017 @ 3:16 am

    Useful tips that are helpful… I agree that you can achieve what you desire when you push your limit… Thanks for sharing this post.

  14. Ruchi Verma September 15, 2017 @ 3:54 am

    Must admit very inspiring and great tips

  15. Minakshi bajpai September 15, 2017 @ 4:27 am

    It’s very useful post specially for beginners who want to write like an expert. Very creatively you explain these writing plus dietary tips. Will check when writing next time.

  16. Paresh Godhwani September 15, 2017 @ 5:23 am

    I have always loved your writing tips and in this, you have cleverly mixed with health tips. So this two in one post is more attractive.

  17. Aesha Shah September 15, 2017 @ 5:57 am

    Loved it. one needs this kind of motivation and inspiration.

  18. Geethica Mehra September 15, 2017 @ 6:04 am

    Hey Cheryl, I have always loved your tips. And this one is powerful. I know until I clear my mind about my goal I am not going to succeed. Simply because I don’t know where to start.

  19. Masoom September 15, 2017 @ 6:07 am

    Aloha Miss Cheryl, as a writer I loved this post and kept this a bookmark,
    I feel that writing is constantly evolving activity. Learned a lot !

  20. Sadhuvi September 15, 2017 @ 6:23 am

    I love this one and these tips are really helpful!!

  21. Ashima Jain September 15, 2017 @ 7:14 am

    Cheryl, I was so intrigued by the title of your post and loved the spin you gave it.
    I am no accomplished writer, having recently started on this path. However, I strongly believe that one should have faith in their writing and should trust its words. That faith will push us forward in our endeavours.

  22. Seema Wadhwa September 15, 2017 @ 8:09 am

    What a turnaround, Cheryl 🙂

    “These tips were meant to help lose weight, but if they work to make you a better writer, so much the better.”

    Kind of won my heart!

  23. Brinda Rana September 15, 2017 @ 8:41 am

    Great post. Esp coming at a time when I have been procrastinating writing. Love where u suggest to get pushy with urself. I needed to hear that and the tips are awesome. Thanks

  24. Deepa September 15, 2017 @ 10:00 am

    I liked the way you changed dieting tips to writing tips. Very interesting. I agree and I always tell my girls to believe you can do it and never underestimate yourself.

  25. Varsh September 15, 2017 @ 10:30 am

    Who would think writing and dieting could have the same set of instructions! A very good and helpful post, Cheryl.

  26. keerthi vydyula September 15, 2017 @ 10:35 am

    Its interesting how you changed the whole context to writing tips! And also those are some Excellent tips whether it is for dieting or writing! 🙂

  27. Charu Gujjal September 15, 2017 @ 11:18 am

    Very Inspiring. Be it dieting or writing- for both we need to be self-motivated.

  28. Sheethal Susan Jacob September 15, 2017 @ 12:52 pm

    Determination is the key. If you’re determined to do something then with hardwork it will happen. Great tips.

  29. Meenakshi J September 15, 2017 @ 7:28 pm

    You have enlisted and elaborated some important fixes in life that are ubiquitous and fits in easily in every aspect of life.Thanks for the wonderful post.

    By the way, could you check if the theme you are using is compatible with mobile screens ? Because, the mobile view seems to be not much appealing.Just a suggestion 🙂

  30. Hena Jose September 16, 2017 @ 12:05 am

    Loved the way you converted dieting tips to writing tips. Your points like push yourself and treat yourself as awesome writer are so important, at the same time many a times I am reluctant with.

  31. Mahak @babyandbeyondin September 16, 2017 @ 1:56 am

    Who knew writers and dieters had so much in common!

  32. Nupur September 16, 2017 @ 2:01 am

    Good idea! However these tips are generic, would have liked specific ones.

  33. Disha September 16, 2017 @ 5:55 am

    Wonderful tips, we need to have faith in ourselves to achieve our goals.

  34. Dipika September 16, 2017 @ 6:19 am

    I loved how dieting tips changed in to writing tips. Very interesting.
    Only a pro can play with the words this artistically.

  35. Dr.Amrita September 16, 2017 @ 6:42 am

    There’s only do .This is the truth .Your posts always come at the right time for me to persist .

  36. Shalini R September 16, 2017 @ 9:20 am

    Loved how you incorporated dieting and writing tips in a single post. Interesting indeed!

  37. Modern Gypsy September 16, 2017 @ 9:31 am

    These are excellent tips! Thank you so much for sharing them again!

  38. Anubhuti Seth September 16, 2017 @ 10:27 am

    Liked the idea of pushing oneself!! Can work wonders for anybody…

  39. Prisha Lalwani September 16, 2017 @ 10:49 pm

    What a correlation!!

  40. Diya September 17, 2017 @ 10:38 am

    It’ll be serendipity if I lose weight while trying to become a better writer!

  41. admin September 17, 2017 @ 10:50 am

    Best wishes on both!

  42. Kuheli Bhattacharya September 17, 2017 @ 11:11 pm

    Give yourself permission to be awesome! What perfect advice for losing weight and writing. Consistency is another thing. Write everyday , work out everyday.

  43. Natasha September 18, 2017 @ 5:28 am

    Very smart piece of writing this. Love Yoda’s lines: “There is no try, there is only do.”

  44. Gayatri September 18, 2017 @ 6:10 am

    Loved the twist, in the end, Cheryl.Thank you for sharing pragmatic tips to effective writing. You have rightly mentioned how writing discipline comes from within. Success is an acquired trait.We are as successful as we allow ourselves to be.

  45. Atulmaharaj September 18, 2017 @ 7:14 am

    Helpful post, one of top things according to me is to push yourself to write.

  46. admin September 18, 2017 @ 10:00 am

    Right. If you’re not the source of motivation, who is?

  47. admin September 18, 2017 @ 10:01 am

    Sometimes we are our own worst enemy.

  48. admin September 18, 2017 @ 10:02 am

    Wise he is, is Yoda.

  49. Priyanka Vermani September 19, 2017 @ 3:20 am

    loved the post! just what I needed for my book promotion!

  50. admin September 19, 2017 @ 8:33 am

    Check out past posts. If you have plotting problems, my book, The Plot Thickens: 21 Ways to Plot Your Novel goes into great detail.
    Thanks for stopping by.

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