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Stepping Back and Looking Around

We’re almost a third of the way through December already.  I haven’t done any editing or revising or even much in the way of new writing, although my mind has been busy with the latter.  What I have been doing is starting to regroup and see where I am and what I need to do so I can make plans for the new year.

Part of that involves clearing out all of the “important” papers in my computer hutch. All of the stuff that I shove under my monitor – and beside my monitor when I run out room under it – because it’s important and I need it and need to refer back to the information on it.

Um, yeah.  Right.

I’m not sure I’m going to know what even half of these notes mean when I read them – if I can read them.  Given my handwriting and the length of time since my last computer hutch clean out the chances are pretty good that I’ll have no clue what some of them mean. (How old is this stuff I’m dealing with? I just found a work schedule from the end of August and it wasn’t anywhere near the bottom.) (And I swear the more I pull out of there the more there is.)

But, archaeological dig through the computer hutch aside, I also need to decide what to focus on next year.  The Academy of the Accord, of course, and finishing the revisions of Onyx Sun and getting it published.

And I should stop there, at least as far as major writing goals are concerned. (Although finishing the Elven Bard book I started for NaNoWriMo is also a priority. As is finishing The Other Mages trilogy.  And all the other books I have started.)


See what I mean? I have too many things clamoring for my attention, all of which think they are the most important. And there is only one of me so I am vastly outnumbered. And surrounded.

And every time I think I’ve made up my mind about what I’m going to focus my attention on everything else attacks.

Maybe the solution is to make a list of current works in progress and count them up and put them into some sort of rotation schedule where I work on one for a day or two and then go on to another until it’s that one’s turn again. (I think a rotation is about the only thing I haven’t tried.)  Of course, I’d have to make allowances for NaNoWriMo months…


Then, of course, there are the non-writing goals for my life.  I always make too many of those, too, so, again, I need to narrow my focus. And find a way to keep myself motivated and hold myself accountable. And be realistic.

(Realistic goals are a real thing, aren’t they? Mine never seem to be – I always feel like I can do all the things all at once right now.)

And find balance between my writing life and my non-writing life.  (I’m not including my working-life in this because I go do my 40 hours and that’s it. I work to live, not live to work.)

So, yeah.  Taking the month off to take stock and make plans wasn’t really what I planned to do, but that seems to be what’s happening. And that’s okay.  It means that I’ll have a renewed sense of purpose and direction come January 1st.

Meanwhile, the excavation of the computer hutch continues.


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The Force Reawakens

It’s been a while since I’ve felt like writing.  I think I burned out with the pushing to do 1K a Day for the year. (A goal that I am not going to reach, by the way, but that’s a post for another time.)

Plus, December has just been a pretty lousy month all around and I’ve been told that I can’t get a do-over. (Where’s a Tardis when you need one?)

Actually, it’s not just writing.  I haven’t felt much like doing anything.

But anyhow…

The urge to write — to create — is coming back.

Slowly and tentatively, but it’s gradually edging closer.

I think that part of what is bringing it back is something so simple that I could kick myself for not doing it sooner.

What is that?

I started writing.

Not novel writing, but writing. You know: the pen meets paper kind of writing.

My Passion Planner came in the mail yesterday. (According to the tracking it wasn’t supposed to come until tomorrow so that was a pleasant surprise!)

I started reading through the directions in the front of it.  (It’s more than just a day planner or organizer.  It also is designed to help you solidify your goals and create plans to achieve those goals, and then stick to them.)

Anyhow, just the act of writing stuff down on paper and then organizing my notes into something coherent and workable seems to have given me the pick up (or kick in the bottom) that I needed.

Maybe it was the act of putting pen to paper that did it. (I do know that it’s one of the best ways for me to break free of a writing block.)

Or maybe it was the fact that I was thinking of and working on goals, of making them concrete.  (It wasn’t even writing goals that I was working on.)

Whatever it was, I found myself thinking about my novels again, and my hand was almost but not quite twitching to pick up a pen or hit the keyboard.



I’m just not quite ready to venture back into it yet.

And when I do, it will be with easier, gentler goals.

And I’ve learned something important.

Sometimes, it’s all right to stop, step back, walk away, and take a break.

Eventually, your muse will find you on your island sanctuary and will hand you the pen you thought you’d left behind in a silent call to return to battle.


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