Good grief! Could have sworn I had posted something here between now and February. I’m so sorry about that, folks.
In other news – the year is screaming by. Gird your loins! Christmas music is on it’s way to a mall near you!
Two-or-so weeks ago I decided to embark on a last-minute long weekend write-athon dubbed LoWeeFiDra – Long Weekend First Draft. Super simple concept – complete a first draft in the three days of the Labor Day long weekend. It was a fun, if harried experiment which I hope to repeat some time soon. In the time since my last vlog on the subject, though, I’ve come to a very firm conclusion:
You must ruthlessly defend your writing time with every fiber of your being – even from yourself.
Even from yourself? Yup. Three little days of writing does not erase a lifetime of bad habits, like prioritizing everything else ahead of writing, including, I admit with a great deal of chagrin, catching up on favorite TV shows under the excuse of ‘plot structure research’ (which is valid research, but not at the expense of actual writing time).
The same goes for any dream you have – ruthlessly defend the time you need to work on it. You’ll thank yourself in the end.
All the best to you, and your dreams, fellow writers, readers and creatives!
And for anyone who’s curious, here are my vlog entries for LoWeeFiDra. And no, I don’t recall why I didn’t post them here while I was doing them. Another mystery to be pondered at a later time. :)