I often say I could procrastinate for Australia. so accomplished am I at this under-rated skill. If there were state selections I'd definitely final.
To me procrastination isn't putting stuff off forever or never doing it ,but rather putting it off until it wakes you in the night, distracts you from other things and gives you a cold sweat at the mere thought of it,whatever it is.
This I am amazing at this.
The things I procrastinate about fall neatly in to two categories - things that scare me and things that bore me.
I think we all have things in that second category. Mine include folding laundry, sorting mail, anything tax related and anything involving the more technical aspects of the computers (as this translates to my writing anything on Amazon or Createspace). It makes that we don't relish doing these jobs but like them or not they don't go away.
The first category - the scary stuff - also makes sense but putting it off usually doesn't minimise the fear. My experience of doing this for MY ENTIRE LIFE is that the fear grows bigger, it's shadow looms larger and it's weight grows heavier.
Often the things I'm scared of are new things.
The truth is it usually takes longer to master something new so one really should take all the available time not leave it until there's simply not enough but logic and fear have never been logical companions. Sometimes the new things are even opportunities and then you have to add in that little voice that asks "do you deserve this opportunity?"
Procrastinator and self-sabotage - what a charming picture I paint.
My to-do list this week is alarmingly long because of the above but today I have scratched my big black pen through quite a few line items. That's terrific but it leaves me asking as it does every time - 'when will you learn?' My guess is never.
(FYI -I don't consider flaking out and not completing tasks procrastination. I do eventually get everything done. I don't miss deadlines that affect other people because at my core I'm embarassingly polite and it's rude to mess other people around.)
So after that we need a perky tune for a Monday. This song is one of my current favourites. Yes it is about a breakup but it is also about a girl going after what she wants and I like that a lot.
Another Monday...another blog post.
So much for my regular blogging the rest of the week. I hang my blogging head in shame. I didn't manage anything since last Monday.
It's ten days until NaNoWriMo begins and so that means it is time to get my butt in gear. That means I have ten days to finish a romance novel under a pen name to get off to some BETA readers and I need to finish the draft of Book 2 in the series I'm writing Book 3 during November.
So that's writing one book, editing one book and planning one book. That seems a little bit much for me. I generally do better with my mind focused on one thing, not several.
Bad luck Monique. Or as I often say here in real life "suck it up, Princess." In order to succeed in November I need to do these things in October. They're not optional.
One thing I have tried to do is squeeze in some social activities this month so that November is not too full. The truth is here in Australia, while we don't celebrate Thanksgiving (although my little family does) November means end of year activities by the bucket-load. End of year lunches, dinners and catch-ups all happen in November. I've already got two Christmas lunches slotted in.
Yep the big summer of fun that I so look forward to every year starts about mid-November, so I have to be judicious about what I commit to at the start of the month. I hope people understand but I've decided for once that it's okay if they don't. I've been rescheduled, postponed and cancelled for far flimsier reasons than "I'm writing a novel!"
In book 2 in the Upper Crust Series Lucy goes to her old home town. Her old best friend Marissa is going to get her own book down the track...I think that will be book 4 in the series. I'm pretty sure Book 2 will be Cherie who featured quite heavily in the novella...unless I change my mind and Marissa is Book 3...see these are the sorts of decisions I have to make.
This musical Monday I'm giving you one of my favourite small-town songs ever. It played out at the end of Northern Exposure (a show I loved and watched until it's death knell) and I do actually own several of Iris deMent's albums, as my husband met her through work, back in the day. This is a song that makes me cry every time. Love, loss and reminiscing and a little laughter...let's hope I can capture all those things in my novel.
If you have a treasured song about small time life I would love to hear about it. Happy Monday.
Another Monday rolls around. My to-do list this week is startlingly long and scary. I think that happens most weeks, especially if you kind of fail to get everything on last week's list done and it all rolls over.
These tea-cups are pretty right. My two most popular Facebook posts on my author page in the last few months have far and away been the ones featuring these cups. There you go, who would have guessed?
As a result I'm doing a giveaway in my next newsletter of one of these cups so sign up if you would like to win one.
There's a button on this page, on the front page of the website and even on my Facebook page. So easy.
In other news I can hardly believe that Hearts Afire my second book baby is just under 2 years old. Where did the time go? I really love that book. I love Matt in that book, actually. The e-book is on sale this week for 99cents so grab a copy if you haven't already go one.
Now for musical Monday. I'm kind of torn. I had a song in mind but then this morning I heard this song this morning and I thought, that is a lovely song for a Monday.
So it's October now which means NaNoWriMo or National Novel Writing Month is a matter of weeks away.
If you don't know what National Novel Writing Month is a simple explanation is that people around the world commit to write a 50,000 word novel in the month of November.
Here is the post I did last November which outlines my tips for surviving the month.
In 2012 I did a series of blog posts helping you to prepare for NaNoWriMo. If you haven't read them they cover topics such as like plotting, meal preparation, eliminating distractions and even exercise.
Part 1 - Plan Your Writing
Part 2 - Plan Your Life for NaNoWriMo
Part 3 - Plan the month of Writing - or tips to
Part 4 - Plan to Care for your Body ( A Guest post from physiotherapist & author Terri Green)
I don't think I have a whole lot new to say on the topic.
Here are some reasons I love NaNoWriMo.
1. Writing is a pretty solitary activity - by participating in this event that writers from all over the globe you feel less alone. It gives you a sense of belonging. In fact your city or town probably has write-ins, drinks and other get together's for people participating so you can even meet people in real life. (Imagine!)
2. It's a really good way to bash out a first draft. You'd be surprised how many books on the shelves have been written this way. No one expects a perfect manuscript at the end of the month but an imperfect one gives you something to work with that is far more welcoming than a blank page.
3. If you are already a writer NaNoWriMo shows you just how much time you squander in a normal month. That half hour you usually describe as "not enough time to write" has a new value. It reminds you that if you use your time wisely you can get more writing done.
4. Participating also shows you that lots of your regular reasons for not writing are just excuses - I don't have space (all of a sudden you're writing on the train or at the beach) or time or you're blocked (You just write on through that during NaNoWriMo).
5. It can bolster your spirits. Some years are better than others. Sometimes November hits and you're left asking yourself "What the heck did I achieve this year?" If you complete NaNoWriMo you can say "Hey I wrote a novel this year." Lots of people say they will write a novel one day.
Maybe this November is your one day.