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Tomorrow Is a New Day

Here’s a little piece of writing advice I give myself. I give it a lot, but it’s always worth hearing:

Tomorrow is a new day.

Today can be a big nothing. Today can equal 0 in word count, or deep into the negatives below 0 if I get carried away cutting. I can feel like the book is going nowhere today. I can feel like a crap writer today. I can doubt every single thing there is to doubt today.

And yet… the thing about a bad writing day is that it is only one day.

Tomorrow is a whole new start if I want it to be. Tomorrow could become a big sizzling something. It could equal 2,100 in word count—or more, possibly, much more. The book could go surprising, exciting places tomorrow. I could be worth something tomorrow. Tomorrow could change the whole game.

So I’m giving myself this advice before I go to sleep tonight:

Tomorrow is a new day.

6 thoughts on “Tomorrow Is a New Day

  1. Sometimes this spans longer than a day too; Have you ever had a bed writing week, or even a month?

  2. this is a great meditation! Now say it, with eyes closed—breathe in thru your right nostril, out your left….in your left nostril, out your right…in your right, out your left…

  3. Yeah, that’s how I feel everyday. My day job drains me so much that trying to write on a daily basis gets to be too much, but I gotta keep plugging along. Good advice.

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