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Week 1 In Review

cobweb-1629374_1920“Progress, not perfection.”

“Finished, not perfect.”

These planner girl maxims may end up being my mantras for the next several months as I re-align my writing goals to far more modest aims. Focus on completing work(s) of any size, rather than the quantity of word counts accomplished on a daily or weekly basis. Focus on the project.

I’ve always been a project-oriented girl, taking after my father (a construction manager, also an ‘ideas man’,) that way so maybe this alternate way of thinking could pay off eventually. Focus on the task at hand, not the end goal. Practice completion over competition.

“Finishing is better than starting. Patience is better than pride.”
Ecclesiastes 7:8 (NLV)

What does that look like in the long term? I’m not really sure yet. For this week at least, it means that I conceptualized, brainstormed, drafted and completed a poem. One poem of twenty-four lines, in six stanzas, a small thing perhaps, but it’s finished. The first original poem I’ve finished in five years.

Now, I have something concrete — to read at an open mic, to get feedback on and revise, to submit to magazines for publication, or to a contest for perhaps future recognition, if it merits any. That’s one large step forward from where I was last week, and I call that tremendous progress. I’ve no idea yet what next week will bring, but I’m trusting that if I am diligent, God will be my co-collaborator. 🙂

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Lauren Miller is a Midwestern born writer with a passion for Jesus, the written word, and dogs. She has two decades of experience in the library field and reviews books for the Historical Novels Review (UK). She likes to spend her free time enjoying period films, discovering new reads, and being surrounded by other people’s pets. Lauren, her husband, and their wily Maine Coon (who isn’t quite a dog) live in Missouri. You can learn more about Lauren’s writing at

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