Apr 012015

You may or may not have read this example about three hairs, but I wanted to share it here in hopes you can use it when you hit a roadblock in your work-in-progress, or agent search, or can’t make the timeline fit the plot…whatever stops your creativity. As far as I know, the author is unknown. I’ve seen several variations.


There once was a woman, who woke up one morning,
looked in the mirror,
and noticed she had only three hairs on her head.
“Well,” she said, “I think I’ll braid my hair today.”
So she did
she had a
wonderful day.

The next day she woke up,
looked in the mirror
and saw she had only two hairs on her head.
“Hmm,” she said, “I think I’ll part my hair down the middle today.”
So she did
she had a
grand day.

The next day she woke up,
looked in the mirror
and noticed that she had only one hair on her head.
“Well,” she said, “today I’m going to wear my hair in a ponytail.”
So she did
she had a
fun, fun day.

The next day she woke up,
looked in the mirror
And noticed there wasn’t a single hair on her head.
” YAY!” she exclaimed,
“I don’t have to fix my hair today!”


Positive attitude concept in tag cloudThis applies to everything you do in Life, including writing that book you planned. The success of your writing career depends greatly on a positive attitude. You don’t have to be a Pollyanna every day, but approaching each day with a “Yes, I can” attitude will jump-start your creativity.

Was your day less productive than you’d hoped it would be? Pick a single scene – or a single phrase – or even one sentence out of your current page and give yourself a pat on the back. Those are your words right there on that page. And they even make sense, in a rough draft sort of way. That’s okay! It’s a start! A reason to cheer! Now do it again. Before you know it, you’ve completed a chapter, then two, three, and finally the book!  How cool is that? You’ve met your goal because ……..

Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass.

It’s about learning to dance in the rain.

Keep dancing! 


Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer – aim for a dozen new people each time. 

Let’s rock the neurotic writing world!

Twitter hashtag is #IWSG

IWSG awesome co-hosts for the April 1 posting of the IWSG will be Suzanne FurnessTonja DreckerToi ThomasRachna ChhabriaFundy BlueDonna Hole!

  • Melissa Keir

    What a great motivational poem. I try to instill this in my students. It’s all about the attitude!

    • Loralee Lillibridge

      I think it’s great, too, Melissa. There are so many ways to apply it to a writer’s life as well as others. Thanks for stopping by. I appreciate your support.

      Lora Lee

  • Diane Burton

    What an uplifting post, Loralee. Loved the poem.

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