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1,000 People Bought Me a Pair of Boots

wpid-20130603_113238.jpgA while back, I wrote a post about pinpointing milestones that lead up to a major goal, and rewarding yourself when you achieve those goals. So often we set our sights high, and don’t celebrate all the little steps it takes to reach the final destination.

On a stack of note cards, I wrote out the my short-term goals for my novel and for my blog. Under each goal I wrote the reward I would give myself for achieving that goal. Then I stuck those note cards in a place where I could see them whenever I work.

One of my goals was to have 1,000 email subscribers to my blog. This past Monday, I reached that goal! As my reward I’m buying these pretty little boots I’ve had my eye on for months. Ye haw! I’m going to think of all my awesome readers whenever I wear them 🙂

I cannot thank you enough for reading my posts. It makes my day when I get a notification that someone is following my blog. All I can say is thank you, thank you, thank you! If you happen upon a blog that you like, I suggest you follow it because you have no idea how encouraging that is for a writer.

Now the main question is: what should I reward myself with when I get 5,000 followers?!?

Blogger’s Block

Ahhh I took too much time off and now and I can’t think of what to blog about. I broke my cardinal rule:  Thou must keep producing. As long as I consistently write 2-3 posts a week, I have an unlimited wealth of ideas. My inner critic is silenced and I am free to write about whatever pops into my head.

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But as soon as I take a break — let’s say for an amazing wedding in Maryland –when I return to my computer my brain is dead. No topic is good enough for my comeback post (ok it’s only been a nine days. LL Cool J definitely wouldn’t call it a comeback). It would be so much easier to go get ice cream rather than figure out what to write about. 

And so, here’s my back up cardinal rule: If thou can’t think of something to write, write about that. It’s pretty helpful; even as I write this I’m thinking about what I can post next. And if you don’t believe me, listen to modernist poet Charles Bukowski: “writing about a writer’s block is better than not writing at all.”

What tips do you have for writer’s block?

***And if you need a laugh, say the title of this post three times fast.***