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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!

Emerging From the Holiday Cave

Hope you had a good Thanksgiving!  Mine was evidently a little too good.  I got sucked into the Holiday Cave and couldn’t find my way out.

And now five of the nine days I was going to give myself for Thanksgiving AND Christmas are gone.

GONE.

I worked last Monday, then not again until last night (Sunday).

But even though I stayed up later than I wanted to watching “Talking Dead” after the SHOCKING mid-season finale of “The Walking Dead”, I honored my alarm when it went off at 5:20 this morning and I got up and worked for an hour this morning.

I must continue to do this for the rest of the month.  And I better get a lot better at revising because I have a lot of work to do on this ms and not a lot of time.

 

Second rate

I was so excited when I logged into the website tonight.  I had my first  comment!  I quickly jumped over to the comments page and … disappointment flooded me.

It was from my friend Jessica (she even signed it “Your friend, Jessica” so I would know) telling me how she can help me get into Google’s 1st page for searches.

No, thanks.

Now back to our regularly scheduled programming.  Which is actually coming before the work is done tonight…because it’s about the fact that it’s almost 11:00 PM and I haven’t written yet today.  We’ve had visitors at work all week so I’ve had to go in early and stay late, so getting up even earlier to write hasn’t been a priority.

But it needs to be.  Regardless of what’s going on in the day job, I need to make my writing time a priority.  Otherwise, who will?

I’m going to eek out my 100 words (minimum) tonight, then make quality time tomorrow – which means getting up early and writing for an hour.

No more second-rate schedule for this book.  Get it done in my prime writing time.

Yes, ma’am.

Learning my schedule

Evidently I can’t write on Fridays.  And for the past two weeks, not on Saturdays, either.  This week, I also skipped Sunday.  Ugh.

I should be spending as much time as I can on the weekends writing – those are my only large blocks of time, but they are also the days that so many other activities are scheduled.  The past two Saturdays have been leave the house at 8 (or earlier!) and don’t get home (or done) until at least 9 or later.  Which means that after a full work week, a Friday night football game (because I DO live in Texas!), and a jam-packed Saturday, by the time Sunday rolls around, I’m mentally and physically exhausted.  Last week I was able to get a couple of hours in.  This week I read.  And napped.  Then read some more.  I needed it.

But I also need to finish this book.  So, I slept in this morning (getting up at 6 instead of 5), went to work, got a haircut, then went to my local chapter RWA meeting, and just now got my work in for today.  I worked from about 10:30 to 11:00 and had a net change of about 175 words as I edited a scene.  Not bad.  Not great, but at least I got it done.

Getting up early tomorrow.  I am re-stating my goal of finishing revisions by 12/31 and querying in January.  I set a goal the meeting tonight to have the ms done and at least one query out the door by our January meeting (1/20/15).

OMG.  2015.