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Writing In Real Life

Damn! I need to be more dedicated and serious about my writing to be sucessful. I know it.  I wish I could be ‘funny’ about this post, but I take it too seriously to joke about. I tell myself constantly, and yet every thing that comes along in real life takes priority over my writing.

Is it because those other things are more important? Sometimes they are. Sometimes they’re not. And yet I think if I just get this small task out of the way, I’ll have time for my writing.

I make the time for everything else I have to do… and then leave my ‘writing’ to be done on whatever leftover time I have. Is it fair? NO!

I’ve talked about this before on my blog, and yet I failed miserably in achieving what I needed to do. There has been a lot going on in my personal life and I’m hoping that I’ve got most of it under control now. We all go through it. It’s just life. It’s normal. I can’t beat myself up over it. I’m just resetting my goals and moving forward.

I’m taking a stand starting today to put my writing before anything that isn’t important. I’ve been working on my story for almost two years now. That may not seem like a long time, but I planned to have it done long before this. I have most of it done. It needs revisions, editing, some rewriting, then off to beta, etc.

As of today, all those other unimportant things will have to wait.

So here’s where I take a stand! I resign myself to getting my manuscript done by April 30, 2012 come hell or high water. At least the full first draft, with completed revisions. At that point, I’ll either send it off for beta unless it’s not ready, in which case I’ll post the chapters I’m concerned with for my writing group to help me work them out.

And no more excuses! I’ve marked it on my calendar and I’m doing a timetable to decide on target dates for completing each chapter with revisions and edits. I’ll update it when I’ve made enough progress to feel like I’ve accomplished something.

No need for anyone else to kick my ass…I do it just fine on my own. 🙂

11 Responses

  1. I hear you! I have 5 hours to myself every night and have to get all the housework done, help with homework, and run errands. It really cuts into my writing time but alas, life is full of…well, life 🙂 but good for you! I wish you the best of luck with sticking to your goals and successfully kicking your own ass 😉

  2. It helps when I look at it as a job. If it was my paying job (I wish I got paid more for it), life stuff would have to be balanced with work. That’s how it is for writing too. Good luck with your goals, Pat. I hope the personal stuff settles down. I’ve missed reading posts of your story.

  3. I’m with Marianne – I think of it as a job, and set aside a certain number of hours each week to get it done. It helps that I don’t like doing housework LOL!
    Good luck with the deadline. It’s reasonable, and you will have such a sense of accomplishment at the end.

  4. Wishing you all the best with your resolutions Pat. I hope that life doesn’t through you any curve balls and you are able to reach your goals.

    Life may be for living, but it’s great to be able to get some writing done too.

  5. Best of luck with your goal Pat. You can do it.

  6. Ooooo a deadline! Good luck Pat, I know you can do it and I’ll be there to cheer you on 🙂 With cookies and pompoms hehe.

    Prioritising is definitely important and it’s amazing how many of us writers put writing way down the list instead of right at the top. Obviously some things in life have to come first, like family, but it’s great that you’re taking a stand to make sure your writing gets the utmost attention that it deserves 🙂

    You go girl!

  7. Thanks all of you! Without all of you I would be all alone in my writing world. It really helps when you have people who understand and support you in your writing goals. Cheers all! 🙂

  8. Good luck, Pat!
    I know exactly what you mean –it’s so hard to put things in the right order. I’m pretty dedicated to my writing but there are many times that I push it aside because I’m just to exhausted to deal with it.

  9. I agree with you everything you said, and for the most port i am sure all writers would because we all do the same things and have life come kick us in the pants, yet it is still refreshing to hear some one talk about it

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