The Writing Life, May 5

Much better week this week.  Home life is calming down, and my writing can go back to center stage.  I even get, gasp, a whole day to focus just on writing, at my favorite coffee shop.  Of course, this was after a very sick day on Monday.  I’ve always been a really dedicated employee, so when I take a sick day, I am super sick.  Needless to say, I didn’t get much writing done that day.

That’s something that I learn and re-learn all the time.  Hopefully someday I’ll learn it for good, but for now I keep re-learning it.  No matter how many times I make a to do list with the best of intentions, something will happen to throw it all up in the air like a snow globe in the hands of a four year old.

But I’m not going to try to play catch up.  You know why?  Because I’m working more on quality, not quantity.  What a concept, right?  I mean, what’s the point of writing a bakers dozen books if they all sound like Twilight?  Better that I should write one story in that time, if it’s a really good one.  So, this week I’m focusing more on committing an amount of concentrated time to each of my major projects every week.   Remember the Pomodoro method?  That’s what I’m using.

Things that Rocked This Week-

  • Even though I’m still reading Broken Patterns, Draft 3, I’m really excited.  I mean, there are still some glaring issues, but it is so much better than what it was.
  • I got my awesome Epic Blog planner by ByRegina.  I’ve been using it to plan out the next twelve months of ideas for Paper Beats World.  Including an awesome surprise gift for all of you this month.  More to come on that soon.

Things I’m looking forward to this week-

  • I’m going to be writing the rough draft of a short piece for an anthology called Second Hand Smoke.  It’s going to be a real life story that’s very important to me.
  • As mentioned earlier, I’m devoting a whole day to writing tomorrow.  I don’t get those very often, so I’m going to take full advantage.
  • With any luck, I’ll be done with my read through.  Which means I get to start writing my next drive.  That’s super exciting, because when I’m done with that draft, I’ve only got a final polish, and I can finally start sending it out to agents.  I’ve been working on this book since July of 2013.  So yeah, that’s kind of a big deal.

What are you doing this week?  What are you super excited about?  Share it with us.

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