Don’t Let Them Stop You

Good morning. Welcome from a rather dull London, where things are as unsettled from Covid-19 as they ever were. Where will the next spike in virus cases be? Will we have to go up to Tier Three? What will the regulations be by Christmas? Will we be able to spend time with family?

When we are unsettled, it’s difficult to be productive. Our restless thoughts flit to and fro, wandering, wondering. Focussed thought is difficult – we are constantly going back to the same unanswerable questions. Plus, of course, there are our concerns for loved ones affected by the virus.

That’s not much good when we have a book to write! Many writers I know are struggling to be creative right now, even if they have the time to set aside. Does that include you? It certainly includes me!

But this morning I have a productivity tip for you (and me!).

Just do it.

Set the time aside and sit down, and even if progress is slow, even if you struggle, even if it seems like a waste of time… j u s t k e e p g o i n g.

Put times in your calendar for writing, and make sure you are sitting at your desk when you have said you would.

Two things will happen:

  1. You will feel better because you are doing what you said you would do
  2. Your book will get written.

True, it will take longer. True, your thoughts may wander more than they used to. True, it may feel exhausting.

How do I know? Because I’m doing it myself. I can tell you for sure, though, that it’s worth the effort, because little by little, my story is taking shape. So can yours!

So many children are struggling right now. They need to hear the good news you and I are planning to share.

So keep writing, my friends, keep writing for the glory of God. Don’t worry if it takes longer than normal – longer is better than not at all.

Have a great writing week, and let me know how you get on. If you want to send me your writing times, for some accountability, feel free. I always love to hear from you. 🙂

Janet Wilson from Write for a Reason and Dernier Publishing


P.S. If your church is thinking of buying Christian books for church kids or children from your community this Christmas, Dernier Publishing has a 20% discount coupon code for churches and charities. Let me know if you’d like it. (Click here to sign up for Dernier news)

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