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Guest Post on Writing – By Brian M. Hayden

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Brian M. Hayden

Brian M. Hayden

Writer Motivation – Take One


Brian M. Hayden

Have you ever said, “I’ll try to get that done by the end of the day, or week…?” Pick a time frame.  Are you the kind of person that tries hard, but at the end of the day, none of your projects are completed? Well, if you are always trying to do things and constantly falling short of actually accomplishing anything, take comfort in these next few words.


For years I hear people say, “I’m trying”, or “I’ll try my best”. Don’t you believe it. I’ve run companies for many years. Most with more than 100 employees.  Assigning tasks was part of it. When I assign a job, and the person tells me, “alright Mr. Hayden. I’ll try”. My ass begins to twitch. I know for certain that when the word “try” is used, I am getting set-up for a disappointing outcome.

Let me explain. I’d like to walk you through this simple exercise. Ready? Good. Now, find an object near you. Any object. A pen, or perhaps a cup. Anything. Now comes the hard part.

Try to pick it up.

Did you do it? I will assume that you answered “yes”. You just failed that simple test. I asked you to “try” to pick it up. I did not ask you to pick up the object.  Are you following me here?

I have thought about this since 1992, and I still don’t know what “try” means.

According to the “Free Online Dictionary” –  v. tried (tr d), try·ing, tries (tr z). v.tr. 1. To make an effort to do or accomplish (something); attempt: tried to ski. 2. To taste, sample, or otherwise test in order to … 

I believe that the word “try” is the root cause of almost all problems. Don’t believe me? Read that definition again. It affords us the opportunity to make an effort with no expectation for success.. We, (our society) is soft. Our willingness to accept a “good try” lets people off the hook for jobs left unaccomplished.

Do not fret though, for I have devised a solution to this dilemma. Here are the steps.

  • Stop using the word “try”
  • If you say you are going to do something -DO IT!
  • Commit to the philosophy: Do your best to complete the task at hand.

I can deal with someone who says, “I’ll do my best to complete this job”. If that person falls short, I’ll figure out why and help him/her to do better.

But many of you reading this blog are writers, authors, editors and other professionals.  Your inner dialog is saying: How can this new philosophy apply to my life? Allow me to respond with a question. How often have you read someone’s facebook note that reads, “I am trying to write 5000 words today”?  Facebook has many sites, most of which have people saying they are going to try to do this…or that.

Stop doing that.

Do you have writer’s block? Are you working on character development, but “try” as you may, cannot reconcile the characters? In our profession we come across myriad situations which challenge our abilities. Here is a secret.  Come closer.

Don’t try so hard. 

Say this out loud.  “I am not going to try anymore. If I am going to do something, I am going to do it.” 

One final thought: If you find yourself with writer’s block, character block, or any other impedance to a successful outcome, pick up a book and read. Reading relaxes you, frees your mind and ignites those creative juices. If that doesn’t work, give yourself a kick in the derriere, and try to do better tomorrow.


Need something to read? Pick up one of my books.



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Fellow Author Releases Novel

I met Colin James while attending the West Valley Writers’ Workshop in Avondale, Arizona.  Colin has a number of works and has just released his first novel – Lord Alf.  Here is a picture of Colin James, his bio, a picture of his new novel, a link to Amazon if you wish to purchase it or check it out, and the book description.

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Colin James

Colin James, an Englishman by birth and a Yorkshireman by the grace of the gods, who emigrated to the U.S back in 2001, is a happily married man with two terrible children. After various junctures in New Mexico and New York he and his family are now settled in Arizona. The career path he has followed has taken him from the ranks of the British Army (R.E.M.E.) to the tops of Austrian mountains as a ski guide. A former engineering professional in the semi-conductor industry, he currently runs a successful window cleaning company in sunny Phoenix. As well as helping the local population to see through clean glass, he is a writer, author, and blogger.

A 3rd year student of English literature at Arizona State University and a member of the WEST VALLEY WRITERS WORKSHP Colin has already been published in several on line literary magazines including ‘THE FRONT PORCH’ and ‘AT THE BIJOU’. His work has appeared in print at ‘THE STARVING ARTIST’ and he has received accolades in several prestigious writing competitions. A rising literary star of the future his first novel LORD ALF is completed.

To date Colin has published three books which are available at AMAZON. COM

lord alf


The hammer is poised, the metal is hot and the atmosphere in the auditorium is electric. The boys burst through the dry ice, on to the stage, and into their routine. Tennyson’s charge comes alive; a hoof-thundering dash of British humor, classic literature, wailing guitars, and schoolboy inadequacy.

It’s the end of the school year, exams are finished, and Jake and his mates are going out with a bang. The sixth form ‘Blast’ is ahead of them as the lads prepare for one final blow out. Ending their time at ‘Woldcroft Comprehensive’ and taking their rightful place in the annals of high-school history before disappearing to leafy college nowheres. They have practiced, they are word perfect, the act is finely tuned, and they sort of look the part!

‘Lord Alf’ traces the experiences not only of the boys’ performance, but of a soldier who actually rode in the charge, Tennyson himself, and his creation ‘The Charge of the Light Brigade.’ The story unfolds in the corridors of an English secondary school with all the foibles of a depressed Thatcher Britain. It takes us across the battlefields of the Crimea, placing the reader in the center of the charge, and walks the reader through the streets of Victorian England.

‘Lord Alf’ documents the quirks of British adolescence in a dwindling age of empire, a riveting story which shows depth, historical nuance, emotion and humor. It highlights the wastage of war and compares and contrasts the social issues of Victorian England with the modern age.

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