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  1. The Daring Novelist
    The Daring Novelist at | | Reply

    I hate to feed your obsession by commenting right away….

    I think most of us in writing are a little obsessive. You need to be. It’s ironic that this personality trait that makes you so distractable also is useful in allowing you to throw yourself so completely into writing sometimes.

    It’ll always be a struggle, but I do think we all find ways to read ourselves and use that energy for good rather than evil. Sometimes it’s a matter of setting rules or goals for yourself, but sometimes it’s a matter of breaking those rules you thought would work so well. Sometimes it’s about finding a great way to indulge yourself.

    1. Morgan Dragonwillow
      Morgan Dragonwillow at | | Reply

      I think you hit the nail on the head; setting rules/goals, breaking rules, and indulge yourself. Structure works well for me to an extent, but I have to be able to flow and move however is necessary and forgive myself when things don’t work the way I want them to or I feel like I’ve made a poor choice.

      Thanks for stopping by, I really appreciate your input.

      Blessings,
      Morgan

  2. Darlene Steelman
    Darlene Steelman at | | Reply

    I can relate to the obsessive commenting part of your post. I often wonder how I can channel that into my writing… I obsess about everything else!

    Good job on sharing a part of yourself with everyone. 🙂

    Enjoy your Sunday and good luck on your goals this week.

    1. Morgan Dragonwillow
      Morgan Dragonwillow at | | Reply

      Thanks for stopping by Darlene, hope you are having a great weekend as well.

      Peace,
      Morgan

  3. Audrey Tomorrow
    Audrey Tomorrow at | | Reply

    Writing is hard to turn obsessive over… things like social media are great because they play on our egos with that “oooh, someone liked what I said!” moment which we don’t get in writing as it’s solitary… we need that “this is good, run with it” from people to find addiction in writing…

    Just make sure the commenters know what they’re saying 😛 If someone doesn’t have a critical thing to say, find a new person who goes “oooh, but…”

    1. Morgan Dragonwillow
      Morgan Dragonwillow at | | Reply

      I appreciate your input, I just don’t think I could handle critical at this point in my writing. I need a compassionate person to encourage me to great heights with my writing.

      Thank you for stopping by.

      Peace,
      Morgan

  4. yikici
    yikici at | | Reply

    Morgan -I have-like-OCD about my blog-posts & how I visualise my writing and layout; it has to be like perfect or I am not satisfied whatsoever; but it does take over my time and so I don’t often have time for anything else, which is annoying when my WIP suffers -oooer!

    I can also get OCD about social media (if I let myself); I’ve found subscribing to comments helps me keep track on all that so I don’t have to go to-and-fro and lose valuable time. Also, closing down the tabs for all related social media sites whilst writing, helps too. On the whole I think it’s good to be OCD; but we need to make sure it is managed and works for us. Good luck with you goals & I’m glad you are feeling better and ready to be creative this week –you go girl! 🙂

    1. Morgan Dragonwillow
      Morgan Dragonwillow at | | Reply

      I have a saying for myself, I am perfect in my imperfection, because I am a perfectionist as well. It has taken me a long time but I have worked very hard to allow myself to make mistakes and to allow for things to not be perfect all the time. It is very freeing. I hope you can feel that freedom for yourself as well.

      Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts and words.

      Blessings,
      Morgan

  5. Ali Dent
    Ali Dent at | | Reply

    Ah Morgan, I feel like you crawled in to my soul and wrote the words in my heart. I think we might be kindred spirits. I too wonder if I can turn my obsessive nature into productivity in my writing. I too obsess over social media wondering if I left enough comments and the worst is when I wonder if anyone likes me. Oh how hard that is to admit. It’s so self centered. These things take up valuable ram space in my brain and I feel like a rat on a wheel. I am a race horse too. I want everything now and social media gives me a quick return on my investment. Alas, writing is plow horse work and I am determined to do it. The question is, how to quiet the soul hunger for quick returns, getting ahead of the pack and affirmation and get to he business of writing.

    1. Morgan Dragonwillow
      Morgan Dragonwillow at | | Reply

      I hope you find wonderful ways to be kind to yourself. I know what it is like to worry whether you are liked. The thing is, we have to like ourselves. I know you have heard that before. It is true. Self centered is actually important; to be centered in the self, to love yourself enough to make kind choices for yourself. We were told as children to not be selfish to not be self centered. This has damaged us in a way that we think we are always suppose to think of others first, but how can anyone ever like us if we do not like ourselves?

      You are worthy, you deserve the best, and I hope you can feel that from my heart to yours.

      Peace and Healing,
      Morgan

  6. L.S. Engler
    L.S. Engler at | | Reply

    I love this post from you, Morgan, because your contest has actually brought out the obsessive nature in me, too! What comes around goes around, I guess. I get obsessed in a weird, OCD, focused-but-distractable sort of way, where I get consumed in a whole process. Sometimes, it works, sometimes it feels like I completely wasted what precious little time I have. Sometimes it’s just about finding a good balance and, most importantly, not being hard on yourself if your obsessions get you carried away and you don’t do as much as what you should be doing.

    1. Morgan Dragonwillow
      Morgan Dragonwillow at | | Reply

      I am very grateful to your enthusiasm! You have a wonderful imagination and I always look forward to seeing what you will write next.

      Peace,
      Morgan

  7. Janet Parfitt
    Janet Parfitt at | | Reply

    Well I’m the other side of OCD because if I had to sign up to one of the Seven Deadly Sins, it would be sloth! My favourite thing to do is nothing! I do some writing and it so tempting to just think ‘Oh that good enough for today’ and just leave it. Which is what I do more often than not! It’s probably why I like writing first drafts and hate editing. Because editing is too much work!

    1. Morgan Dragonwillow
      Morgan Dragonwillow at | | Reply

      I write because I must. I write because to do otherwise at this point in my life would be to live as a robot. I have days that I feel like my energy is so low I don’t want to move. I whisper to myself, keep going, because it is my life and I want to live it. My wish for you is to live, love and laugh out loud, then write it all down. No one else can tell your stories but you.

      Peace,
      Morgan

  8. Stacy Green
    Stacy Green at | | Reply

    LOL. Janet and I are cut from the same cloth. I have the fight obsession to do nothing, and that includes social media. The worst thing is figuring out where to put in the majority of your time/efforts. I’m actually taking Melissa Foster’s marketing class on the 6 in the hopes of getting the answer, lol.

    Keep up the great work!

    1. Morgan Dragonwillow
      Morgan Dragonwillow at | | Reply

      Well it sounds like you have a great sense of humor about it. Marketing is my least favorite thing of all so good luck figuring it out. Thank you for stopping by.

      Peace,
      Morgan

  9. Karen McFarland
    Karen McFarland at | | Reply

    Hi Morgan! Wow, you are a gifted person! I love your honesty and I relate to your obsessions. Yet you keep plugging along. Keep it up. You’re doing awesome. Glad the cloud has lifted and that you’re feeling better. Have a great week! 🙂

    1. Morgan Dragonwillow
      Morgan Dragonwillow at | | Reply

      Thank you… I am taking your words in, feeling into them and feeling very grateful you stopped by.

      Peace to you,
      Morgan

  10. Jess
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    I am much the same way, Morgan. Social media can be very distracting, but I find that if I take some dedicated time out of my day to devote to being social, it can help me parse my attention better and not fall down the rabbit hole of Internet time wasting. 🙂 Good luck on your goals this week!

    1. Morgan Dragonwillow
      Morgan Dragonwillow at | | Reply

      Thanks Jess for the words of encouragement, I appreciate every one of them. Yes, schedules are wonderful when I can stick to them.

      Peace,
      Morgan

  11. KM Huber
    KM Huber at | | Reply

    Loved this post, Morgan! I so know how it is to be obsessed with what I write in comments–was I clear, did I read for typos/grammar–the list never ends. Because I feel so comfortable here, I’ll admit that part of my reason for joining ROW80 was to finally get a blog up and running and to comment on other blogs. I have to admit that it’s better.
    Wonderful, wonderful post and well-written.
    Karen

    1. Morgan Dragonwillow
      Morgan Dragonwillow at | | Reply

      Thank you Karen, I appreciate your words. I think there are a lot of us that can be quite obsessive about various things especially about our writing; whether it is comments, blogs, or our stories.

      I am taking in your words, and very grateful you stopped by.

      Peace,
      Morgan

  12. Chasing Joy
    Chasing Joy at | | Reply

    I really like the idea of turning what could be a negative personality trait into a positive way to improve your writing.

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