Learning Curve

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We are four days into the new year and I am already learning a lot. First thing I’m learning is, carving out substantial time for myself = hard.

Second thing I’ve learned is, damn, I love to write.

Clearly, I’ve got to make this work. Other than what I am doing at this very moment, which is fobbing off my son, who wants me to make him breakfast. While I love to binge-write, that is no longer possible given my life right now. (Quick pause while I feed my son.)

So today, I’ve packed a notebook and pens galore to take with me wherever we go. If I have a few minutes to myself, I can get some words down. I know how I want the next scene in my novel to go, and I’m outlining another book — I think I can manage some of that, at least, in ten-minute chunks.

Of course there’s always waking up earlier, which I often do for clients. The trick is going to be to make it a habit for myself. And easy. And fun. Right now I’ve got “hot coffee” and “bagels,” but I’m afraid if I have only food to use as a lure, my word count won’t be the only thing increasing in size this year…

I’ll let you know what else I come up with and if you have tricks to share, all advice is greatly appreciated!

New Year – New Crazy Goals

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Happy New Year!

Remind me, now, what the devil was I thinking when I made those resolutions? 1400 words every day in 2014.

Can I give up yet?

I did manage it today, but the prospect of doing this every day – especially days which, unlike today, are not days off from work – is daunting. I see a lot of early mornings and extra juggling in my future.

On the other hand, I did manage a tricky part of my novel and two blog posts today. Feels pretty good – incremental, but good.

The brilliant Michael Hauge talks about keeping “the seat of the pants to the seat of the chair” as the best way to have a writing career. (He’s a friend of mine, but I was a fan of his work long before we met, so I can genuinely recommend his books and seminars. Check him out at http://www.storymastery.com/)

I guess this is the year I put his advice to the test.