- So it begins
- My current writing setup
- OMG I SUCK AT DRAWING">Making My Map or OMG I SUCK AT DRAWING
- Writing My Novel: Making Time
- My Novel: To NaNoWriMo or Not to NaNoWriMo?
- It Begins… Again: NaNoWriMo, I Throw My Novel at Thee
- NaNo, Day 1: Migraines and Nausea Always Helps
- NaNo Day 2: Ducks in A Row
- NaNo, Day 3: Late Start
- NaNo, Day 4: Not too shabby. Maybe.
- NaNo, Day 5: The First Bump in the Road
- NaNo, Day 6: Kicking the Crap Out of Problems
- NaNo, Day 7: So Tired I Kept Typing Day 6
- NaNo, Day 8: Another Day, Another Scene
- NaNo, Day 9: Another 2752 Words
- NaNo, Day 12: Or, I’m Gonna Spread Out These Updates
- NaNo, Day 28: The Home Stretch
I remember when I had lots of time…
Some time, a long time ago, I had oodles and oodles of something . . . um, what was it called? Started with a ‘T’ and rhymed with ‘lime’ . . .
Remember that thing you whittled and frittered away when you were young and carefree? Yeah.
No doubt, if you are working on your first novel like I am, time seems finite at best.
Especially if you enjoy eating food and having electricity, so you work a regular day job. Or you have kids. Or your blog likes to break itself and you waste hours of your time fixing it *ehem*.
Since I posted the first in this series a month or so ago, I have made great progress planning out my fantasy world using all the great tools, tips, and tricks at my disposal. Kingdoms are rising and falling, maps are being drawn (but never quartered), new ideas are falling on my head like falling idea-things.
But the last two weeks, well, not so much.
I got married to my love of fourteen years last week (hey, you can’t say we rushed things, now can you?) so that required my attention, and I count that as a valid excuse.
But besides that, what?
Laziness? Fear? Rampant dendrophilia?
Well, a little fear, sure, and my time is sometimes very limited because of non-writing projects me and my new wife are involved in, but does that eat up all the time?
Do I not waste time? Surfing the web, or reading news stories, or falling down research rabbit-holes . . . all little time-munchers nibbling at my progress.
Hell, I spent a whole day this week moping like a waffly wuss-man, etching “Woe is me” into my desk and crying little emo tears. Talk about wasted time!
As the pros already know,
It’s all about time management, and Just Fucking Doing It™
One of the many great things I have heard Mur Lafferty say on her brilliant podcast (aptly named) “I Should be Writing” is that her writing life changed when she started to make writing every day a priority — like eating and sleeping.
This takes writing out of the ‘can be done later’ pile, and puts it into the ‘food, sleep, breathing’ pile, and I think this is a really important mindset to be in.
If I want to complete a novel, the writing of that novel has to be as important as any other top-tier daily activity, trumping Pinterest surfing and D&D mapping software downloading and slow, sensual dendrophilia outings.
You know, like it was a job. Or something you want to be your job.
The damn thing isn’t going to write itself.
I guess the point is almost everyone has down time, and if that down time is used to write rather than surf Pinterest or watch the newest cat video on facebook, scatterbrained people like me can accomplish something.
And thanks to you, dear reader, I feel held to my word — accountable for finishing this project!
This post is done, and you know why?
Because I have a novel to outline!
* punches the Internet in its face for wasting time and flees out of the house *