Obviously it is too late for me to make the deadline for the extended edition release of my paranormal fantasy, To Save A Soul. The hope was that a deadline of a May release would help me stay on target. The problem became the amount of content I wanted to add in order to bring this fast-paced and fun NaNoWriMo Novel to its full potential.
Of course, my inability to stay focused contributed to the issue. I can’t help thinking it would have helped if I had outlined the new content at the intended location within the current manuscript . . . but hindsight is always 20/20.
Yes, there was a move from North Dakota to Washington, but when I take into account all the lazing about before and after . . . there really is no excuse. Each day I didn’t work on the manuscript I knew it would bite me in the end. But the amount of content simply overwhelmed me, bringing about my tendency to procrastinate.
It would have helped if I had outlined the new content at the intended location.
Writing journal (Photo credit: avrdreamer)
So, now I find myself in the awkward position of re-organizing my goals and targets. Unfortunately, this also effects my work on book 2 of Heart of the Blessed (Releasing Yesterday), which was to have a December 2013 release. I haven’t done more than summarize the first half of the outline, to say nothing of completing the first draft. In fact, I am embarrassed at how I’ve failed to keep myself on task, especially considering the amount of free-time since losing my job in March.
My challenge now is to learn and, instead of allowing myself to continue down this road, to make a conscious effort to change–and stick with the routine.
That is a big thing: routine. Goals and targets are well and good, but routines are key in helping me complete a project. Once I get into that productive “rut”, as it were, I stick to the cycle with dogged determination. When I have a completed project, that is when I set a target/goal for the finishing of the manuscript and coordination of its release.
Once I get into that productive “rut”, I stick to the cycle with dogged determination.
I cannot stress how important it is to understand how you function successfully as a writer. Every writer is different, and what works for me won’t necessarily work for you. There are a lot of writing books out there which tell you a variation of different approaches but, in the end, only you can truly understand what works. Dabble. Experiment. Incorporate and mix until you find what works for you and then stick to it!
What helps keep you on task?