This is a crazy month for me. Lots of traveling to visit family which is wonderful, but it also is cutting into my writing time. This is only a problem because I’ve really got to pull my act together and start working. I have plenty of projects, but I can’t seem to settle on one and get it finished. But I’ve decided that since my life is still kind of crazy at the moment that writing something totally new is a bit overwhelming. So I’ve decided to pull out a never-published book and do a complete rewrite. I’ve always loved the story, but it’s never caught the eye of a publisher. Which is fine. I’m sending it out in the world on my own. It’s a romantic suspense novel, which I understand isn’t selling through NY. Got to love this whole self-publishing avenue available to me now.

Anyway, since my other self-published books are beginning to sell I’d like to keep it going by releasing a new book. That means the pressure is now on to produce. Again, it’s my own personal goals that create the pressure, but still.

Every writer (whether they work full time at their craft or squeeze it in around another job) tries to find the balance between creating new stories and editing upcoming releases, promoting their books — and real life. Sometimes it’s a precarious balance.

I’ve found myself over the last few months ago frittering away my days. Bad. Very Bad. I spent my days typing at the computer, but somehow emails, Facebook, Twitter and visiting blogs were more important than putting words together to form chapters. 😀 hee hee. That’s me.

When I was in high school about every three months I’d fall apart, tears streaming down my cheeks claiming I couldn’t possibly live up to everyone’s expectations. My mother would calmly suggest I drop out of this or turn over the responsibility of something to someone else. I’d claim I couldn’t do it. Then I’d mop up my tears and rise to the challenge and of course I’d push through and meet all the deadlines and fulfill my responsibilities. It’s what I do.

After all these years, I’ve come to realize it’s how I’m hard wired. I can’t change it. Nothing but deadlines … a goal to finish by a certain date … works for me. It even happened when I was teaching. Even though I knew I wanted to create a new program I never buckled down and actually did it until I had the first group scheduled to come for the program. Then it was no holds barred until the research was done and the lesson plan complete. The deadline has to be real.

I’ve tried to participate in writing challenges, but there were no repercussions. No one except me knew if I didn’t finish. 1k 1 hour … just can’t seem to do it. I need to know something tangible is at the end. So, after being a published author for nearly four years, I’m finally figuring out what makes me tick.

So authors, how do you work best? Do you find deadlines (either actual or self imposed) motivational or do you like the freedom to create at your own pace? And if you have any secrets about keeping your productivity up, please share!

Curious authors want to know.

4 Responses to An Author’s Ramblings

  • I suck with deadlines. I fear if I ever get a contract that requires to write a long book by a certain date, I’ll freeze up. I don’t know why this happens to me.
    With NEC approaching I set a self-imposed deadline to finish my 70k book. I began the journey in Feb and started at 20k where I left off. I’m only at 41k and the conference is weeks away. If I were doing this with no deadline I’d be close to finished! 🙂

    Have fun this weekend. We’ll miss you at lunch, but definitely schedule another one.

    • Amber – You know, it’s a love/hate relationship I have with deadlines. My latest doesn’t seem to be working. LOL! I hope you’re able to finish your book before the conference. (And we do need to get-together soon!)

  • I know how you feel. It is crazy to keep everything going and do so much when life cuts in and unexpected things come up. I try to keep a deadline and have a goal for the day to keep going. It doesn’t always happen but I try to kick my own butt.

    • Savannah – I’ve tried that daily goal thing … and I just can’t seem to make it work. Of course if life would just step aside and I’d manage to really sit down and write … things might just be different. LOL! But I guess true success is writing through the chaos!

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