Laurie Kingery writes


 

Defeating Self-Defeating Behaviors Margie Lawson Course

Alone frozen treeWe’re now fully settled into January. The thermometer is hovering around the single digits at night. The Christmas decorations are finally put away. I’m still waiting on word of a contract as I plunge on into the middle of THE WEDDING TREE.

I thought while I was not on deadline, it might be a good time to take advantage of my long wish to take a Margie Lawson writing course online. No matter how competent a writer is, s/he can always improve, right? I’ve attended a couple of her classes at ACFW conferences, but it was obvious to me that the content of a month-long course could only be touched upon in 2 hours or even an all-day conference, so it would be good if I could take the courses in their entirety online.

Being published since 1987, I think I’ve conquered some of the self-defeating behaviors, but I still battle with procrastination and pessimism–the latter is probably a worse handicap after you’ve been around in this business for awhile and received some disappointments. The former has more to do with all the distractions the internet provides. I used to write on an old computer that could no longer access the internet after a lightning strike. Now, there’s always the tendency to go online with the idea that there might be a letter waiting for me from my agent, and an hour later, I’m still reading email. Or I might need to look up some fact, and two hours later I’m still chasing cyber-rabbit trails, and my time is gone.

Today I’m doing pretty well in my self-discipline. I’ve stayed off the internet and completed Chapter 11, and now I’m blogging. My goal is to write at least 5 days a week, at least 2 hours each, and to blog at least 3 times a week. We’ll see how it goes. I’m off to a good start. :)

And for those who might be wondering how New Year’s Eve turned out, I predicted the exact number of trauma alerts–20. And the next day the Buckeyes beat the Oregon Ducks–YAY!

Blessings, Laurie

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2 Responses to “Defeating Self-Defeating Behaviors Margie Lawson Course”

  1. So nice to “meet you” through Margie’s online DSDB’s course. I think we’ve both already gotten some fine nuggets of wisdom from the lectures to date. Have a great week!

  2. Laurie says:

    Hi Jenna, how nice of you to visit here! I really appreciate it, since most days when I sign on I only have to delete the pharmaceutical spam. As you see, I’m trying to keep up with my promise to myself to blog more often as part of living up to Margie’s course. :) Have a wonderful week yourself!
    Blessings, Laurie