4 words to stay focused when the writing life goes “FWOMP”

RubberDuckyCopywriter-NowRealize deeply that the present moment is all you have.
Make the NOW the primary focus of your life.
— Eckhart Tolle, The Power of Now

Part of being a writer is the feast-or-famine cycle. What’s not discussed as often is that the feast cycle is just as stressful as the famine cycle, just for different reasons.

There you are, going about your business, when the universe flips the master switch and viola! It’s time to play Make the Writer Cry.

That’s not a “tweak,” that’s a full rewrite.

You want what, when?

Can we stop adding to the list of deliverables? Deadline’s tomorrow.

My last several weeks have been like that.

Right now, you freelancers are probably saying, “Don’t you have a contract that outlines all this stuff? Draw some boundaries.” You’d be right except that I’m a cubicle-dwelling contract copywriter; less room to push back.

Still, these past few weeks have given me solid practice exercising some principles I’ve been reading in The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle (not a paid link).

In particular, focusing on what you’re doing at any given moment. I’m still wrapping my mind around the rest of the Tolle’s teachings, but the idea of dedicating oneself fully to the present can help you cope when everything around you demands attention.

Continue reading