I have two crazy Jack Russell Terriers (Riley and Disney). They are from the same litter, and everything is a game to them It's like having twin three year olds running through the house at 60 mph (all the time).
But they are great companions, and they listen when I want to plot scenes or read through dialogue. Here are some of the things that they've taught me about my writing journey.
1. Live in the moment. Enjoy what you're doing. The Jacks aren't concerned with yesterday or tomorrow. They focus on the here and now.
2. Don't work all the time. Make sure to build in some fun time. When I'm writing at home, they let me know when we've been still too long.
3. Everything is a game to the pair of Jacks. They think tying shoes, folding clothes, and unloading the dishwasher are part of playtime. And if the task isn't fun, they'll go find a ball and make it more interesting. I need to work on making my tedious tasks fun.
4. Reward yourself occasionally. The Jacks can hear a cheese wrapper or the treat box 100 yards away. Walks and car rides are two of their other favorite treats.
5. Be a good listener. They're my audience when I plot or read dialogue aloud.
6. Make new friends and foster relationships. The Jacks love people, and they always want to stop and greet everyone they meet. Everyone is someone new to play ball with.
7. Wag more and bark less. That's always good advice.
I hope your writing projects are going well. The Jacks and I are getting ready to start another round of editing on the second book in the Delanie Fitzgerald series.