That means all my goals will start on Tuesday, January 9th. Why not Monday? Because I have a dentist appointment that will probably make me cranky for the rest of the day. :)
Anyway, my insecurities are definitely present. I can blame the failure to reach my goals in 2017 on working full time. However, I've quit that job. Now I will be the one to blame for not stepping up.
There is so much that I want to do. So much I still need to learn. In a way, it's easier to concentrate on reading ways to market better, or how to make your newsletter sing. I can brush up on my self editing skills, and so forth. But when it comes down to it, that's all just another way to avoid actually writing.
Case in point--8 hour drive to TN
This used to be prime writing time. On the last trip I just reread everything that I'd already written on one of my WIPs. This in itself was not a waste because I haven't worked on it in quite a while. I needed to reacquaint myself with the characters and story. However, I didn't do anything at all on the return trip. I am stuck.
Fear of not doing the story justice, not getting the emotions I feel for these characters onto the page, has me tied in knots. Part of it is a formatting issue. What's the best way to share this story from two important points of view? 3 shorter novels or 1 with separate parts.
Basically, I want someone to read it and tell me what to do. Decision making is one of my insecurities.
January 3 optional question - What steps have you taken or plan to take to put a schedule in place for your writing and publishing?
Here's the good news. My writer's group starts back up tomorrow. I can take this story and start to get the feedback I need. Just being with these other writers also motivates me to dig back in. That in itself will be exactly what I need.
So, to answer the question. The steps I take for my plan are the same:
- Writer's critique group every Thursday
- Write SOMETHING every day Monday through Friday (Saturday when my family lets me)
- Keep repeating that silent mantra when drafting, "it's okay to write crap, it's okay to write crap"
- Focus on one project at a time (this is hard because I have 3 that are half way done at the moment and about 100 other ideas I want to work on)