The Writing Habits of Successful (But Creatively Stuck) People

SUCCESS Shelby Skrhak

Editor’s note: Beginning my new chapter as a freelancer, I began reading my old articles for SUCCESS.com. I wrote this one in May 2015 after I realized how much I’d missed writing after the demands of management and corporate life took over. Now it serves as a great reminder why I love writing so much.

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Without writing, I didn’t realize how “backed up” my mind had gotten.

Lately, I’d been so caught up in new SUCCESS projects that I didn’t realize how dusty my pen had become, how lonely my headphones were or how sorely missed was my Pandora One subscription. I just nearly gave myself a heart attack plugging in my headphones and turning on the app to find my volume at max. (Seriously, my left arm hurts now.)

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Here’s how SUCCESS taught me to overcome negative thoughts

Medical City of Plano

When it rains, it pours. Isn’t that how the saying goes? And that’s the sort of negative thoughts I’ve had lately as I come to grips with SUCCESS shutting down, spending days at the hospital with my grandmother and looking out for my mother who’s home sick after picking up the flu this week.

I’ve been spouting ‘It comes in threes’ beatitudes, while sidestepping black cats and throwing salt over my shoulder. Surely somebody, somewhere opened an umbrella indoors and cast some bad luck upon us.

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