Conga line

I don’t have any great words of wisdom tonight, except that going back to work after two weeks off sucks.

I edited 18 pages at lunch today, 8 over my goal, so high five on that!

Tomorrow’s goal is another 10.  I might have to get up early to get them in.  I should probably get up early anyway and then maybe I can get some extra pages in again, but I didn’t sleep well last night and today my allergies started a conga line in my head making it pound for about the last six hours.

La la la la la LA!  La la la la la LA!

Now it’s stuck in your head, too, isn’t it?

Sorry.

British Morning Tea

Over the past few days, my church read through the entire Bible from Genesis to Revelation in just under 80 hours.  We had thirty minute shifts starting at 12 midnight New Year’s morning and ended this morning, Sunday, Jan. 4, at about 6:20 AM.  It was a pretty cool endeavor.

While others in my family read, I followed along using one of the pew Bibles which was a different version than the one used for the reading.  As I read along, I was amazed at how different the versions were.  Word choices, sentence structures, even tenses were changed, but the meaning conveyed by both was the same.

As a writer I found these differences interesting, and a bit disturbing.  I’m in the part of revisions where I am analyzing each sentence, each word, and deciding if it works, or if there is a better choice to get my meaning across, and to be shown so dramatically how many ways there are to say the same thing raised the question about why I am agonizing over it so much.

My sister and her husband read books aloud to each other and she has told me how he inserts synonyms on the fly as he reads.  She finds it fascinating, and a part of me does, too, but as an author I know how much thought is put into each selected word.  To have it changed so frivolously seemed wrong to me.

After an all night party at our house one year, my brother-in-law asked for British Morning Tea instead of coffee.

“British Morning Tea?”  I was stumped.

“Yes, like hers.”  He pointed to my sister’s cup of English Breakfast Tea.

Similar.  But not quite right.

And so I’ll keep on agonizing over my word choices and sentence structures until I get it right.

Check-in:  I met my goal of 20 pages (and exceeded it again by about 15 pages).  Tomorrow is my first day back at work after 2 weeks off so I’m going to go easy and just set a goal of 10 pages.

Thanks for checking on me!

Things I have learned

It’s 2015.  I have not yet finished the book.  I have, however, learned some things in the past couple of months that will help me finish it by 1/20/15.  This date is not arbitrary; it was pre-determined by the date of my local RWA chapter’s meeting.

Here are the things I’ve learned:

1.  Being public about my goal really does help me.

2.  I should have kept updating the blog daily, too.

3.  I suck at writing through the holidays, and I need to improve in this area.

4.  It’s okay to take a break as long as you get back to work.

5.  Write first, do everything else after.

I’m sure there were other lessons, such as “Have Desk, Will Travel” and “Close the Curtains” but I’ll save those for another day.

The theme for today is write daily.  When I started this blog at the end of October 2014, I wanted to use it in the style of Nony on “A Slob Comes Clean” – basically throwing myself and my problem (not sticking to my daily writing) out there and making myself accountable.

For a while I did that, but then I started feeling like I needed to make the blog more meaningful (to other people) so I would feel more comfortable marketing it and therefore get more people here to hold me accountable.  But that’s not what I started it for.  Yes, I plan to get there eventually, but for now, I really need this to be all about my struggle to set this habit and write daily.  So, to answer Lessons 1 and 2, I will be updating the blog daily (or as often as I write) again, until I get this habit set.

For Lesson 3, thank goodness the holidays are over and I can get back to my regular life.  Have you heard the adage that busy people get more done?  I didn’t believe it at first, but it’s true.  And even though I had already learned this once,  I had to learn it again.  I am most productive when my schedule is full.  If I have to work 8 hours a day, plus do all the mom things, I still get more writing done than if I have TWO weeks off work and just have to get together with family and get ready and through Christmas and New Year’s.

As for Lesson 4, I’m really good at taking a break.  Not so good at getting back to work (on writing, that is).  My plan for this area is to set a timer to work and a timer for a break.  That way I can’t get endlessly distracted by laundry or dishes or cats and their never-ending supply of fur, and will get back to work when it’s time.  I didn’t even mention games or Twitter or Facebook.  Maybe I shouldn’t use the timer on my phone….

Finally, as I’ve mentioned before here, write first, and do everything else later.  I’ve already messed this up by writing this post first, but now I’m getting to work on the book.  I have to get through at least 10 pages of editing today. I’ll check in when I’m done.

Happy 2015 to all of you.  I hope you are setting goals, making resolutions, taking the lessons you learned in 2014 and putting them to good use in the coming year.  If not, get to work!