Happiness project week 1

Things that have made me happy this week: Coming back to our lovely house after Christmas travels Getting 4 gorgeous dresses in the last V London sale to go with the two I got for Christmas- a great new wardrobe starting. Optimistic about the year ahead – I have loads of plans for 2015 🙂 I can now say ‘I’m getting married this year!’ Games and chat with Matt and Becky My best friend getting engaged!! Staffordshire oatcakes for lunch mmm Sorting the study to move our desks around to a better usable space Looking back on a fantastic two weeks …

Avoiding the spiral of doubt and shame

I was directed towards this post on gamasutra – http://gamasutra.com/blogs/EthanLevy/20140320/213611/Escaping_the_Indie_Shame_Spiral.php – which has some really interesting things to say on motivation and  how to start to avoid the “shame spiral” that I think anyone who sets themselves goals and struggles to achieve them will be familiar with. It goes something like this: Start something with excitement, ambition and impossible goals. Fail to meet impossible goals. Beat self up about not meeting them, think work done so far is rubbish and you’d be better off anywhere but here. Sounds familiar! There’s usually a stage in a project when you think everything you’ve written …

Goal setting – how to help yourself get writing

I mentioned in my earlier post that one of the ways to help yourself get motivated and write more is in goal setting, and it seems like a good moment to write about that. I’m stuck at the moment. I finished my last major project, Balancing Act, in the middle of the summer, and I wrote a short story for the Mslexia quarterly submission, but in the week or so since that’s been finished, I’ve floundered. This frustrates me, aggravates me, because I spend several hours a week in front of my laptop not knowing what to do next. Like I …