I had SO MANY good intentions last week! I was going to read three books on the Oregon/California trail, prep Drawn Into Love (DIL) for additional submissions, AND begin editing Picture of the Past (PoP). Would you like to know what I actually accomplished?
One short California trail book, looking over the first two chapters of Drawn Into Love, and . . . advancing a few levels on phone games. WHERE ON EARTH DID THE WEEK GO? I don’t even remember what I did with it, other than cleaning the house – doubtless to avoid writing, though I didn’t acknowledge that to myself. In fact, I told myself, I HAD to do a deeper cleaning of the house in order to even concentrate on writing.
It is amazing to me how often I put off doing anything writing related, most especially when I have lofty goals in mind and am excited about a project. If I am being completely honest about it – I think this is one case in which Chadwick is right. I do it because I am scared of failing. I am so excited by the idea of finally finishing editing this book I’ve been working on for over a decade, and beginning to submit DIL to agents again ( I took a break over the holidays), that what happens when it all peters out to nothing?
Apparently this is an Enneagram One trait – to put off doing things because you are afraid it won’t be perfect. But I am pretty sure it would be accurate to state this is also a writer trait . . . based purely on all the writer meme accounts I follow on instagram. What about you other writers? How often do you find something to do other than your writing-related project?
But I am stating this with Monday-morning-confidence! I WILL be productive this week, and I WILL start editing PoP! I even got up at 8:15 AM this morning (Yes, I am writing this on Monday) instead of sleeping in. How is that for baby steps?