This, that, and the other thing.

Drink the Kool-Aid.

Don’t drink the Kool-Aid.

Be honest.

Don’t be a jerk.


Don’t blog.

Do this.

Do that.

But that thing over there – don’t do that.

Oh and that other thing, yeah, not for you.

Or maybe it is.

But if you want this, here’s a ten-step plan to do it the right way.

And by the way, there’s this new cool thing I heard of, yeah, totally you.

But only do it if…

**ducks head and works on writing**


27 Responses to This, that, and the other thing.

  1. Ansha Kotyk October 7, 2011 at 11:30 am #

    I think if we close out all the noise, we can hear ourselves better making it easier to figure out what’s best.

  2. Laura Marcella October 7, 2011 at 11:37 am #

    Ahahaha. Nice point you’re making, Laura! There’s lots of advice and tips out there, but the only thing that could really make you a great writer is to actually write and finish what you’re writing. And I’m pretty sure that’s not advice, just common sense! 😉

    • Laura October 7, 2011 at 12:14 pm #

      That’s what I’ve been doing lately, trying to cut out the chit chat of the voices around me and focus on my writing. I think we all need to. Maybe keep an eye out for breaking news but it means nothing without our writing ready to go.

  3. Kelly Polark October 7, 2011 at 12:36 pm #

    I’ve been trying to leave three days to read blogs and tweets and two days off during the week so I can really concentrate on my writing (which is the main reason I blog and tweet). Today is my day off, and I’m here so it’s not a bulletproof plan. 🙂 So two days I go to less blogs and check Twitter LESS.

  4. Eileen Astels October 7, 2011 at 1:21 pm #

    I take it you’ve come to the conclusion that writing is top of the slate now!

    Write on, Laura!

    • Laura October 7, 2011 at 1:36 pm #

      Writing has always been top of the slate. But I’m definitely giving my brain a break and not even thinking about the industry and our choices while I write this first draft.

  5. Susan Kaye Quinn October 7, 2011 at 2:16 pm #

    Yes and yes and yes! 🙂 And I’m turning off my browser to write today … as soon as I’m done with a few more comments … 🙂

  6. Tere Kirkland October 7, 2011 at 2:16 pm #

    Ha ha! I love this, Laura! I’ve been blogging less lately to try to focus on my revisions, so I totally get where you’re coming from.

    Have a great weekend!

  7. Jessica Bell October 7, 2011 at 2:21 pm #

    LOL. Sounds like my life to a tee.

  8. Becky Taylor October 7, 2011 at 2:36 pm #

    Totally hear you! Should get offline right now.

  9. A Lockwood October 7, 2011 at 2:47 pm #

    Oh yes. So familiar.

  10. Loree Huebner October 7, 2011 at 3:13 pm #

    I’m am so looking forward to this 4 day weekend I’m heading into, and once the computer goes off…it’s staying off until Monday.

    Have a good one!

  11. Jennifer Hoffine October 7, 2011 at 4:00 pm #

    Great stuff! *Gets back to writing*

  12. Angela Felsted October 7, 2011 at 4:42 pm #

    Yes, this is life, is it not? This morning when I was typing on the computer, my four-year-old son started sneaking cereal.

    After I caught him, I frowned and called him “a little sneak,” in a critical voice. And his mouth turned down as he tried to hold back tears. I felt awful!

    “Are you going to cry?” I asked.

    He broke down into sobs, and I held him on my shoulder as he cried. Then he was confused about me being nice to him.

    About now you’re probably wondering how this relates to your post. Well, we all do our best, but get told to do things differently. It must be so hard to be hungry, but get scolded when you help yourself to food.

  13. KarenG October 7, 2011 at 5:14 pm #

    LOL, this was an awesomely brilliant post!!! I wondered where you were going with it, but your last line was perfect 🙂

  14. Jennifer Groepl (@JenGroepl) October 7, 2011 at 5:14 pm #

    Stopping by from Bloffee. Ha ha! Love it! All those mixed messages and such vehement arguments too! I think you have the right idea – just put all that passion into the writing. 🙂

  15. Stacy October 7, 2011 at 5:52 pm #

    I laughed out loud at this. As wonderful as the resources online are, it’s also easy to get caught up in having a dozen different opinions and having no clue what to to!

  16. Donna K. Weaver October 7, 2011 at 7:04 pm #

    I love it. And you got it right … just keep writing!

    • Laura October 7, 2011 at 7:47 pm #

      Love all the responses! Yes and I’ve read about every article and blog post there could be on the subject. I understand the issues very well. But instead of rushing to make any decision, I’m going to let it simmer and focus on my writing.

  17. Alex J. Cavanaugh October 7, 2011 at 9:41 pm #

    Basically, do what you want anyway!

  18. Jemi Fraser October 8, 2011 at 12:29 am #

    That’s it exactly!!! It can get so overwhelming, especially when the advice is so contradictory. Turning it off to write is the best advice yet! 🙂

  19. Angela Ackerman October 8, 2011 at 2:58 am #

    I know…some days it all just gets to be a bit too much and we just need to focus on why we’re reading all these things or even thinking about these things: THE WRITING. 😉

    Hugs Laura. I hope nothing I ever say on my blog comes across as preachy–I certainly don’t mean it to. 🙂

    Have a great weekend!

    Angela @ The Bookshelf Muse

  20. Anna Staniszewski October 8, 2011 at 2:14 pm #

    Haha, exactly. Sometimes you just need to ignore all advice and retreat to the writing cave. Good luck!

  21. Karen Strong October 9, 2011 at 12:45 am #

    Ha. We’re on the same page! Good luck writing that draft. Make it happen!

  22. anne gallagher October 9, 2011 at 1:22 pm #

    Just be who you are, follow your own drummer, and write. That’ll get you through.

  23. Leslie Rose October 9, 2011 at 4:53 pm #

    Oh look, a brightly colored object. Today’s flavor is… I’ve started turning off my advice radar and just going for it.

  24. Leigh Moore October 10, 2011 at 1:58 pm #

    (and becomes hugely successful in the end). ;o) <3

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