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
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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A very inspiring post, Cheryl! Love the way you turned around a post meant as dieting tips to tips for writing. Clever writing!
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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.
Interesting and motivating. Writing groups are always awesome on the way it supports for our writing. Happy to connect with you for #MyFriendAlexa !!!
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.
That’s interesting and creative way to link both losing weight and writing tips.
Loved this! It’s motivating and reminds you to be positive about yourself.
That is a very inspiring post. We should treat ourselves the best 🙂
Loved this! am on a weight loss program and could so related but aptly said. greater writer tips too!
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
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.
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.
Useful tips that are helpful… I agree that you can achieve what you desire when you push your limit… Thanks for sharing this post.
Must admit very inspiring and great tips
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.
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.
Loved it. one needs this kind of motivation and inspiration.
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.
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 !
I love this one and these tips are really helpful!!
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.
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!
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
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.
Who would think writing and dieting could have the same set of instructions! A very good and helpful post, Cheryl.
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! 🙂
Very Inspiring. Be it dieting or writing- for both we need to be self-motivated.
Determination is the key. If you’re determined to do something then with hardwork it will happen. Great tips.
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.
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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.
Who knew writers and dieters had so much in common!
Good idea! However these tips are generic, would have liked specific ones.
Wonderful tips, we need to have faith in ourselves to achieve our goals.
I loved how dieting tips changed in to writing tips. Very interesting.
Only a pro can play with the words this artistically.
There’s only do .This is the truth .Your posts always come at the right time for me to persist .
Loved how you incorporated dieting and writing tips in a single post. Interesting indeed!
These are excellent tips! Thank you so much for sharing them again!
Liked the idea of pushing oneself!! Can work wonders for anybody…
What a correlation!!
It’ll be serendipity if I lose weight while trying to become a better writer!
Best wishes on both!
Give yourself permission to be awesome! What perfect advice for losing weight and writing. Consistency is another thing. Write everyday , work out everyday.
Very smart piece of writing this. Love Yoda’s lines: “There is no try, there is only do.”
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.
Helpful post, one of top things according to me is to push yourself to write.
Right. If you’re not the source of motivation, who is?
Sometimes we are our own worst enemy.
Wise he is, is Yoda.
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