#authorinsanity wasn’t quite what I’d hoped it would be. There were lessons learned and that’s a success, too. I’ll be blogging about that later. But as I’ve been down on myself for feeling like a failure with #authorinsanity (I only got 22k words this weekend instead of 60k), I failed to realize that others feel like failures.

This morning I had a conversation with a member of my writing tribe. She’s been feeling overwhelmed and a failure because of the lack of work on her current WIP. Here’s the advice I gave her. I’m not often this good, so I had to share!

Write yourself a paragraph that succinctly describes your audience. Keep it somewhere safe. Keep it private if you like. But when you are down on yourself, read that paragraph. Read it aloud if necessary. Keep it as a reminder of why you are doing what you are doing.

I think that would give you perspective. When you are down on yourself, remember what’s at stake.

((Not like you could forget, but sometimes it’s good to see it. Physical manifestation.))

If you are a reader of my books, you are my audience. I want to know about you. Email or comment. (farrellwrites@gmail.com).