Mounting an Expedition Toward Success – Daily Quote

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We regret to inform you the escalator to success is out of order, please use the stairs. In case you missed the memo there is no fast track to your dreams. Here is where most stumble. We live in a world of instant gratification, dopamine-fueled pleasure-seeking addictions to social media likes, tweet, and notifications. With those chemicals coursing through our systems what chance do we have of meeting a goal which will need not days, but weeks or months or years to reach?

Consistency applied daily with incremental improvements can help form habits that move you toward your goal. Consider the preparations, Sir Edmund Hillary needed to summit Mount Everest in 1953. He had years of training climbing other mountains, the cooperation of hundreds of people before he ever set foot at base camp. Imagine his struggles, the fortitude, persistence and his consistent pursuit of his goal.

Do you consistently pursue your goal?

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Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

2019 Daily Writing Challenge July 16

2019 Daily Writing Challenge Day 196

Today Is Day 197 of the 2019 Daily Writing Challenge.

Did you write yesterday? Let us know your Day 196 word count in the comments.

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What is the 2019 Daily Writing Challenge? It is simple: Write something every day.

Write a little, write a lot. Just write. You have all day.

It doesn’t matter if you write 5 words, 5,000 words or something in between. The idea is to establish a daily writing habit. If you miss a day, don’t worry. Write today and report tomorrow on your success.

A great journey begins with one step. A great writing habit begins with one word. Go!

Check back tomorrow for the Day 197 Report and let us know how you did.

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Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

2019 Daily Writing Challenge July 15

2019 Daily Writing Challenge Day 195

Today Is Day 196 of the 2019 Daily Writing Challenge.

Did you write yesterday? Let us know your Day 195 word count in the comments.

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What is the 2019 Daily Writing Challenge? It is simple: Write something every day.

Write a little, write a lot. Just write. You have all day.

It doesn’t matter if you write 5 words, 5,000 words or something in between. The idea is to establish a daily writing habit. If you miss a day, don’t worry. Write today and report tomorrow on your success.

A great journey begins with one step. A great writing habit begins with one word. Go!

Check back tomorrow for the Day 196 Report and let us know how you did.

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Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

Doing the Hustle – Daily Quote

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Recent press has covered the trend of working a side hustle. For me, it is my world. Others question how I have accomplished huge goals given my busy life. They dislike my answer. I work hard and I get shit done. I lean in and embrace my strategy. My secret weapon is multiple checklists, one for the day job, another for the side hustle and a few for various projects. I cram them to overflowing, designing them to be impossible to complete. People complain, telling me they are bored. With my extensive lists, boredom is not an option I can afford to entertain. Even while binge-watching tv, I occupy myself with simple chores which don’t require my full attention. When I remove an item, crossing it from the list, I often add five more.

How do I manage the whole enchilada? First, I give myself permission to fail. My agendas are impossible, and I expect tasks will remain undone. I celebrate the things I finish and leave the rest for tomorrow. Second, I schedule every waking hour. I have set hours for work, writing, sleep, major commitments and assign items to time holes. To squeeze everything into my day, I eliminate distractions and I am not afraid to say no. Others think this is harsh, but what they call dreams, I realize is my future. Today’s dream is my reality next week, in six months, or years from now.

Are you ready to hustle?

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Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

Putting Fuel in the Inspiration Tank – Daily Quote

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It seems I am always writing. I have written in doctor offices, hospital rooms, coffee shops, during quiet time as babies napped, while standing in countless lines, waiting for a mechanic to fix my car, while the family watches tv, as I cook dinner and eat and while I listen to blaring music. None of those situations impede my ability to concentrate on constructing sentences, forming paragraphs and reaching for unique word combinations. In fact, the more distractions the more I write. My mind focuses to block the cacophony.

Reading, however, requires solitude and silence. Early Sunday morning quietude, a steaming cup of coffee, and my current book provides a blissful indulgence. Time stretches as the pages turn. Thoughts surge, forming deep whirlpools of unconnected facts, and the well of inspiration fills.

Does reading fill your creativity tank?

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Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

2019 Daily Writing Challenge July 14

2019 Daily Writing Challenge Day 194

Today Is Day 195 of the 2019 Daily Writing Challenge.

Did you write yesterday? Let us know your Day 194 word count in the comments.

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What is the 2019 Daily Writing Challenge? It is simple: Write something every day.

Write a little, write a lot. Just write. You have all day.

It doesn’t matter if you write 5 words, 5,000 words or something in between. The idea is to establish a daily writing habit. If you miss a day, don’t worry. Write today and report tomorrow on your success.

A great journey begins with one step. A great writing habit begins with one word. Go!

Check back tomorrow for the Day 195 Report and let us know how you did.

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Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

Double Crossed – 100 Word Wednesday

Title: Double Crossed
Source:  100 Word Wednesday: Week 127
Word count: 100 words

I was a man on fire. I drew you, attracted you with promises of sweet protection from demons haunting the night. Flirting with danger, I wondered why you wanted to cross the line, but those thoughts are fleeting when the world isn’t real. Super slow motion we crafted an illusion. Young and naïve, I tried to warn you, protect you from the peril I didn’t see until it was too late.

Your love lingers, a desperate memory on my heart, you left me broken pieces, fading glimpses.  My flame released to the wind.  I am a man burnt by yearning.

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Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

Seeking Heat – 3 Line Tales

From Sonya’s 3LineTales at Only100Words.
You can find the original prompt here. Thank you, Sonya

photo by David Peters via Unsplash

City beaches bustle with pale sun seekers playing volleyball, dipping toes into the cool lake water and reveling in the summer breeze.

The roar of jet engines halts all activity, gazes lift skyward, they stand motionless, mimicking a deer in headlights.

Contrails spew patriotic colors, and a wing wag signals, today, there is nothing to fear.

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Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

2019 Daily Writing Challenge July 13

2019 Daily Writing Challenge Day 193

Today Is Day 194 of the 2019 Daily Writing Challenge.

Did you write yesterday? Let us know your Day 193 word count in the comments.

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What is the 2019 Daily Writing Challenge? It is simple: Write something every day.

Write a little, write a lot. Just write. You have all day.

It doesn’t matter if you write 5 words, 5,000 words or something in between. The idea is to establish a daily writing habit. If you miss a day, don’t worry. Write today and report tomorrow on your success.

A great journey begins with one step. A great writing habit begins with one word. Go!

Check back tomorrow for the Day 194 Report and let us know how you did.

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Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

Making Your Story A Slice of Cake – Daily Quote

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A good story is better than life. It allows us access to our hero’s thoughts and motivations. While real people often hide behind carefully crafted facades. Exciting stories don’t waste time with boring and mundane aspects of our daily routines. If a character takes a shower, you can count on a shocking development ensuing. When the antagonist confronts our beloved protagonist, our hero always has the best responses.

Well-written tales are laser-focused, they revolve around a major theme, and present a satisfying resolution, we seldom experience outside of a novel. The scenery is richer. Men are handsome, women are beautiful, and the plot pushes them along a prescribed path. It betrays the uncertainty we face. A good story resembles our favorite meal, complete with cake for dessert.

Will your story serve cake?

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Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer