I should have had a new release out by now.
I’ll admit I have a habit of biting off more than I can chew (something I’m still working on but progress in this arena is slow). Seriously, sometimes my brain is like a pinball machine and I’m very, very good at seeing the big picture (like I’m gonna release 4 books a year) and not so good about drilling down to the details (you need to write in order to do that).
So I emailed my editor at the end of last year and said I wanted to try and push to get the book out right after Christmas. Then I promptly fell off the map. Hard. I wasn’t quite burned out yet, but I definitely approaching. It felt inevitable if I didn’t slow my ass down, and so that’s what I did. A lesson I’m learning slowly. Very slowly.
I realized I’d lost sight of something: protecting my writing time no matter what.
Now, there isn’t a one-size-fits-all formula here. It’s going to look a little different for everyone. This is not another meditation on “you need to write every day” or “get up earlier and write first thing in the morning.” Such blanket prescriptions are a sure way to invite failure (and it’s a well-documented fact that I’m just not a morning person). You’ve just got to spend some time, deliberate time, figuring out what works for you and then commit to doing that thing.
For me, that means writing every day — at least Monday through Friday — before I’ve done anything else. Before I check my email or Facebook. Before I read the paper. Before I get caught up in some project or other. Pretty much the only thing I do first is feed my cat (otherwise, there will be no peace). Super long writing sessions don’t tend to work for me. I’m much more of a “get a little done everyday” kind of gal. When I set an output goal, I rarely think in terms of time spent writing or final word count. Mostly, I try to accomplish a unit of writing, and for me, that’s usually a scene. I do double up or even triple up at times, but for the most part, if I’ve finished the scene I set out to write, then I’m good for the day.
I’m writing this to remind myself more than anything.