PRODUCTIVE MONDAYS

       Are you an Optimist or a Pessimist?
              
       Many writers tend to be pessimists. For some reason or other,
       they put down themselves and their work, and don’t think that
       they are worth any rewards for working hard and doing the best
       that they can.
      
       Being a pessimist can really wrack havoc with your
       productivity and your work morale. Over time, it can make you
       feel very disillusioned and down about yourself and your writing.
       And this can be very damaging to your overall productivity.
      
       It is best to approach all of your goals with optimism. Always
       try and believe in yourself. And if you struggle believing in
       yourself, fake it if you have to for a while. This is especially
       recommended for the beginning writer who isn’t sure of her skills
       or how she will handle different writing challenges.
      
       I have come across a book that I think is excellent on this topic.
       It is called Learned Optimism, by Randy Ingermanson.  It is a
       wonderful book, one that you will enjoy reading and one that may
       help if you are in the throws of self-deprecation.
      
       Here’s Randy’s Amazon affiliate link to LEARNED OPTIMISM:
       http://www.AdvancedFictionWriting.com/blinks/optimism.php.
                                                         
       ~ Happy Writing!
       ~ Irene

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