Don’t lose focus

I started this blog with the intention of sharing my experience with the trials and tribulations of writing and self-publishing.  As evident in the date of my last post, I haven’t shared anything in quite a while.  There hasn’t been much to share.  In part…its my fault.

I have posted, at great length, about the importance of writing constantly;  not only to help drive your sales with a steady flow of new material for your readers, but also to foster good, lasting writing habits for the new writer (namely me).

The last couple of months have been a series of those “life rolls” that Dean Wesley Smith talks about.  The work environment has been in a state of flux for weeks.  Lots and lots of changes with positions and personnel in the company that pile on the workload for us in addition to the normal day-to-day tasks.  Then there’s my family that pretty much takes up the remaining time of the day.

On the rare occasion that I can sit down to write, I pretty much get no where.  It’s been several weeks since I’ve been able to commit anything to paper (or word doc) that’s been worth saving and building on.  Because I did not commit to writing to something everyday, and work through being tired and frustrated, I’ve put myself into that position that we, as writers, do everything we can to avoid.

Writing has become hard.

The only way out of this rut is to write.  Not that sounds like a deadend answer, doesn’t it?  How do I get back into the swing of things when I haven’t been able to make myself do so, otherwise?  For me, it means I have to carve out time outside of the norm.  If I can do that, I can complete the few stories I have that are not quite ready for primetime, bringing them to the Kindle and Nook for your enjoyment, and start digging into those ideas that have been begging me to write them for months.

So it looks like I’ll be setting my alarm for 4:00am.  That’ll allow for an hour and a half before i have to get the kids up for school – potentially 1,000 words.  I’ll be happy with that…for a while.

So the lesson to be learned here is:  Don’t let this happen to you.  Writing should be an escape from the stress of that which is keeping you from writing.  If you put off writing because you’re tired or stressed, when there really is time that you can carve out of the day, it will make it difficult to get things going again when your life stabilizes back into some sort of normalcy.

Stay tuned.

Stay tuned.


About Thomas J. rock

Writer of Science Fiction

Posted on October 18, 2011, in The Daily Grind and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. It’s also good to have a community of writers to support and encourage you to stick to your commitment. Let me know if there’s any way I can help in that. Lately, I’ve shot for 500 words a day and it often ends up between 750 and a thousand. I feel for you, balancing work and family, and am proud of you for deciding to wake up at 4. I hope that goes well for you, Keep us posted.

  2. I haven’t been able to do it yet. My daily “festivities”, if you will, have been keeping me up too late to make getting up that early practical. I want to write, but not if it’ll mean I turn into a cranky ass to my wife and children because I’m only getting four hours of sleep every night. As an alternative, I’m going to also trying dictating the way Kevin J. Anderson does. Morning and afternoon rush hour would be a perfect time for this.

    Then I have to find the time to transcribe to the page, but I think it’ll be worth it.

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