Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Time: are you running out?

I'd always believed that when I no longer worked a 9-to-5, then I'd have all the time in the world to write. Almost two years have passed and I wonder, what do I have to show for it? By now I should be represented and have sold my first YA.

But life doesn't unfold exactly as planned.

In those dark moments, I'm a total failure for wasting so much time. But when I pause and really compare myself today to the me from two years ago, man, have I grown. My quality of writing; my writing community; my routine; my editing eye; my ability to face fear and keep moving forward... All of this would've taken an eternity with a full-time job.

Writing is hard. No sense in creating more pain by stressing over the days, weeks, and months that tick by. Yes, time is limited. But we have a choice on how to spend it. Sure, we all have obligations, but do you really need to spend another hour on social media or watching another craptastic reality show marathon? Focus on your craft instead.

Let go of judgments on how long 'something' should take. If you really love it, then spend your time doing it. All you have is now.

"tick tock ya don't stop, to the tick tick ya don't quit!"

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Why so serious?

photo credit Victor Maristane
My brain has been spinning nonstop around my YA novel, no matter how hard I've been avoiding it. In retrospect, some time away was needed.

I revised an old picture book manuscript and sent it out to several publishers. Then worked on a YA fantasy short story, followed by a humorous SF/F piece -- both helping me to fall in love with writing again.

And even though my mind is trying to figure out all that needs to be fixed, the procrastination has got to stop. I must sit down and revise. Not in my head, but on paper.

Like the Joker says, "Why so serious? Let's put a smile on that face!"

So instead of turning this final revision into a grueling chore, I'm going to have fun with it. By letting go of any "musts, should's & have to's" and letting the words flow.

OK, enough chit chat. Signing off to write!

Write on!