I haven't posted in two weeks. This is terrible, I'm sorry.
Actually I've been swamped by work. I'm a journalist and in the last couple of weeks we've had the Olympic torch come through, and then all the Diamond Jubilee events, and I've been getting home feeling like the last thing I want to do is to sit in front of a computer again and write.
I've signed up for Camp NaNoWriMo this month, so I've got a goal to aim for, but I'm having one of those insecure writer moments, where I don't like the things I'm writing, I can't seem to find time to write, and when I do I can't seem to get the pictures in my head out on to the page properly.
Then I got an email from Flash Fiction Chronicles with its weekly pep talk from Aubrey Hirsch. In a nutshell, it suggested to prioritize your writing; learn what kind of writer you are; set goals; eliminate your excuses; accept failures and celebrate your successes.
The most helpful bit of advice was the bit about accepting failures - not letting one bad day throw off the whole thing, not worrying about “making up for lost time,” and not letting guilt cause you to lose more time.
The full pep talk is here. While you read it, I'm off to start my 1,667 words for the day. If I get into the story, I might even write more and get back on track. But it I don't, I'm not going to let it make me feel guilty or stressed.