When writing by the seat of your pants needs a seatbelt…

I admit it, I write when I’m inspired. When the house is quiet, the kids aren’t at my feet, the dogs are fed and the cats are napping. This means I’m not writing nearly as much as I could. Definitely not as much as I should. I try to fix this by writing later in the afternoon, or after dinner, but the house is so crazy that it makes my brain want to melt. Creativity doesn’t easily find its way through when I’m distracted or tired or pissed. So my style of writing as much as I can when I find the time is not working. I need to write when I make the time.

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Sounds straightforward, right? It’s not…not for me. I loathe the word ‘schedule’ almost as much as the word ‘organized’ but the time has come to make this change. To be the person that works a 9-5 (times adjustable) with a calendar to keep track of work days and lists to keep track of my To-Do’s. Ugh. You know those people that write everything down, never forget calls, appointments or special dates like birthdays and anniversaries? I’m not that person. Maybe you are. If so, I’m totally jealous. Writing for me is a way to tame my inner (and outer…I mean, I have a teenager, people) chaos. I quiet the voices by giving them a platform to tell their story, and I know a lot of other writers do this as well. It’s part of the ‘process’ for many, but it’s no longer productive for ME. I feel as if I’ve been flying down the writing highway untethered and unsecured and hoping for the best, but it’s time to crank that down a notch and secure myself in. I need a seatbelt for this road, at least for now.

Today’s ‘work’ hours began 7 minutes ago, when I started writing this blog, because this is part of work, too. And then there’s a webinar to watch, and then there’s writing. I’ll end my work day with a brief stint visiting my social media pages, and come 5pm, I’ll take a break and make dinner and hang out with my kids and do some chores because life doesn’t stop because I want it to.

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I’d love to hear tips from those of you who were born with natural organization skills. Drop a comment below and I may try out your methods! 

Here’s to a super productive work day for all of us! *clinks coffee mug* Cheers!

– Trish 🙂

 

It’s NANOWRIMO Time!

Because I must not be under enough pressure to finish the WIP, I decided to sign up for this year’s NaNoWriMo. Yes, I already posted about it on FB, but I’m also sharing here, because guess what – you can do it too. It’s totally free. I’m a Nano virgin, so I’d love to have some Nano buddies. Author friends – look me up (TrishMarie) if you want to hit goals together. Reader friends – this is good news; it means I’ll be busting my arse to get FM4 done. BOOM.

What the heck is NaNoWriMo? Here is what their About page says:


National Novel Writing Month starts in just a few days – November 1st – so send me some good juju, okay? I’ll need it! Good luck to ALL participants!

 

 

May Monday Motivation

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Nobody is perfect. But reaching your goals or dreams won’t happen without continued practice and improvement. In this case, time is your friend. Use it wisely.

 

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Seems easy enough, right? But we are all well versed in the famous, ‘Easier said than done’, phrase. So if you like lists, jot down not only a few things to do today that you need to do but also that you want to do. Don’t like lists – simply visualize how you want your day to go – and imagine NOW that you make it happen. Monday doesn’t have to suck, it can set up a pretty awesome week. So, Happy Monday to all! Let’s rock today!

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Make today YOUR day.

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