Episode 122 – Bringing Values into Your Planning

On this episode of Diving into Writing, Mariëlle and Lucinda talk about values and how they show up in how they plan and schedule their writing lives. 

Here are some of the topics that came up:

  • Lucinda has a lot of ‘shoulds’ around her writing that make it hard for her to reconsider her approach to writing
  • Some of what we think are our core values might actually be toxic, limiting beliefs we have that have been passed down to us by our parents or the society we grew up in, and it’s important to be able to distinguish between the two
  • Mariëlle’s core value when it comes to writing is that it should be enjoyable, even if it’s hard from time to time. If it doesn’t bring you joy, it’s not sustainable
  • During the episode, Lucinda realises just how much perfectionism affects her writing and other areas of her life

The quote by Brené Brown mentioned on the show is: 

‘No matter what gets done and how much is left undone, I am enough.’ 

The other quote Mariëlle mentioned at the end is by Jiddu Krishnamurti: 

‘It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.’ 

As a bonus, for everyone who struggles with perfectionism, here’s another quote by Brené Brown on the very topic: 

‘Perfectionism is not the same thing as striving to be your best. Perfectionism is the belief that if we live perfect, look perfect, and act perfect, we can minimize or avoid the pain of blame, judgement, and shame. It’s a shield. It’s a twenty-ton shield that we lug around thinking it will protect us when, in fact, it’s the thing that’s really preventing us from flight.’

Episode 121 – Sometimes you Win, Sometimes you Learn

In this episode of Diving into Writing, Mariëlle and Lucinda talk about what they have (not yet) learned from going about 2023 the way they usually do.

Here are some of the ‘revelations’ we had:

  • Lucinda has yet to figure out why it’s such a struggle to get back to writing, although a certain belief popped up during the conversation that might have something to do with it.
  • Mariëlle learned that planning rigorously brings her piece of mind, even if she doesn’t fully stick to what’s she planned. The more detailed, the less overwhelmed she feels, contradictory as that may sound. 

Mariëlle apologises profusely for the sound quality; she forgot to plug in her microphone. Rest assured, she talked directly into it for the entire episode, but to no avail.

Episode 120 – Let’s set some (quarterly) goals!

On this episode of Diving into Writing, Mariëlle and Lucinda work through the Quarterly Planner + Daily Word Count/Hour Tracker Mariëlle created for the show to get them both back on track. 

You can find the Quarterly Planner + Daily Word Count/Hour Tracker here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1lx4nq51BEjaWGcZLoRrzH9erq3KcGh_r/view?usp=sharing

Here are some questions to keep in mind as you fill in the document:

  • Are your goals external (out of your control) or internal (within your control) goals?
  • How actionable are the goals you’re setting? 
  • What external circumstances do I have to keep in mind as I set my goals?

If you want to share your goals with us for some extra accountability, please email them to marielle@mswordsmith.nl

The Quarterly Planner + Daily Word Count/Hour Tracker is based on Mariëlle’s 52 Weeks of Writing Author Journal and Planner, which you can find here: https://mswordsmith.nl/journal