I’m writing them for two reasons: to help put my experiences in perspective and to purge myself of any residual compost.
Since it is good therapy, you are invited to join me, post your link in comments and I’ll be sure to drop by.
Let it begin:
Writing every day has been a personal challenge of mine. I do try, but lately, I’m lucky to write two-three times a week. It comes down to this, I’ll get into something and spend the rest of my free time focused on that one chore. I’ve decided to assign one hour daily to writing, then I can move on to blogging or revising. To me, blogging and revising are a completely different thing.
I pick one day out of the week and spend it writing new posts, visiting and commenting. This system works really well for me; I get my blog post done first, then move on to commenting. Networking has become as important as blogging, and I do my best to visit everyone that comments. If I can find them that is; some commenters don’t have blogs or don’t leave a link. I always try to find them, but if I’ve not visited you please make it easy on me and link back to your blog.
Revising is the one chore that takes up so much of my time. I’m a frigging perfectionist and it drives me wild. I’ll be reading through my work, find a rough patch and start researching approaches on how to improve. That was fine when working on a short story; one or two rough patches can be very manageable, but on longer works it is much more overwhelming. I’ve learned to highlight/comment on the bad bits – being consistent as I am, one error could show up in several places, so one bout of research usually cleans several things at once.
I’ve started another longer fiction, trying my hand at yet another mystery. Quite a while back I started a novella around my heroine. I was reading the Stephanie Plum series and the fun humor leaked into the my writing about Ellie. Ellie is a dumpster diver working for a psychic without any psychic abilities. Ellie is who gets the dirt on the client before the reading, and this leads to her long list of mysteries.
No matter if I’m blogging, revising, or writing, I’m truly a Sagittarian—point the arrow, shoot and follow it, seeing nothing else. I’m trying to break up my tasks, assigning a day for blogging, and limiting my writing and revising into equal chunks of free time. I’m getting better all the time; in my mind, if nowhere else. Do you have any time management tricks that you’d care to share? I love to hear about them.