This is a classic case of “do what I say, not what I do.”
Those who have been following along on my writing journey know that I have been busy with the work of becoming an author.
I have already talked with two literary agents about my novel. This one gave me tons of advice.
My title is decided – The Alligator Purse.
I have artwork.
I have fabulous beta readers.
My synopsis is done – the long and short version.
And I have all of three and a half chapters written. Yes, I agree. That is not enough to call it a “book” yet.
Unfortunately, all of the other stuff has just been putting the pencil before the eraser. Because even after my story is “done”, I will need to edit and edit and edit some more.
But right now I still have tons of basic stuff to do. Like, I dunno, write the rest of the story. 😉
If you aren’t writing your work in progress (known as WIP), you don’t really need a fabulous title, cover art, agents, or even an audience.
I have been struggling with building a platform and making connections and have forgotten why I started all of this in the first place.
So back to the grind. Arse in Seat here I come….
This blog has had a writing tilt lately. Most of what I am writing about applies to everything I want to accomplish as a writer. But truly, you can insert your own passion here.
Today I am focused on being focused. It’s hard. To commit to anything. And make it a habit.
I have a friend who was in a position of tremendous influence and a lot of people were asking a lot of things of her. She is a kind, generous, and enthusiastic person. She doesn’t like saying no. She loves making a difference.
I asked her how she picked.
She said she simply established five priorities and if the requests didn’t fall into one of those categories, she had to say no.
Did I mention that she is also wise? There really is only so much you can do.
So this morning I am going to establish my priority list.
Writing a Novel and this blog
Living Faithfully/Responding with love
Not saying yes to things that don’t fit this list
This isn’t to say that I wouldn’t love to do some things that aren’t on this list. I would and I will do some things that aren’t on this list. But I have to focus. And limit those distractions that don’t lead me where I want to be. And I have to do it Right Now.
I have a tremendous opportunity to submit a synopsis to a literary agent this week. And I am psyching myself out of it. I have started it four times and never get out of paragraph one. So I need to limit my distractions, believe I can do it, and just simply get it done.
Wish me luck – pretty please!