Updated: Dec 20, 2018
November 2017 - I’ve had a couple of lots of visitors, and the end of the academic year busyness to help meld one day into another. I’ve also had some sad news that I think I have put into the ‘too hard’ basket for now, and will no doubt have to deal with sooner or later.
Well, that’s my excuses. Now it’s time to get tough (and honest) with myself. While I have done some writing, I need to do more in the next few days if I am going to start writing proper on December 1. I’ve got some work writing to do after this, as I am presenting at a conference on Tuesday, but if I get it done tonight and sent off for uploading, I can get up early in the morning and do some of my writing as planned. The sooner I start making this a habit, the better.
I have been doing lots of reading. I am rereading a couple of favorites (Flight of the Old Dog by Dale Brown and Scarecrow by Matthew Reilly, as well as a craft book – Dialogue by Robert McKee). I have always been one to have at least two, and often three, books on the go at once. I read according to mood and my level of tiredness. While I pick up Dialogue in the mornings and early evenings, I cannot wade through the mire (valuable and brilliant mire that it is), once I begin to feel tired. In case you are wondering – no I don’t have any problem keeping up with the story line, even if I work through all of them on the same night. This might account for my need to read, even at the expense of less sleep… and you know how much I love my sleep!
I don’t know if you have read Chicken Soup for the Soul by Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen. I am sure that is where I read about life putting lessons in front of you until you learn them… repeatedly. I have always believed in this. If you need to learn patience, life keeps requiring you to be patient until you can indeed be patient with relative ease. Well, at the moment I need to just get on with it. Everywhere I turn I see and hear people talking about it – podcasts, TV shows, people at work and on the bus… everywhere!
Every day I delay my writing journey, is another day further away from my goal of being an author. If I fail to achieve what I want to this coming week, I won’t be able to start writing on December 1, and I will need more time prepping before I can begin and be that bit further away from my goal.
Do you ever delay, and then weeks, months, and even years, later wish you had started then you would be finished now? We hear messages everywhere such as – if you fail to plan, you plan to fail; break larger goals down into easily achievable small ones, that will gradually add up to the larger one; one small step at a time; just do it; no time like the present; and many, many more. All great advice, yet here we are, weeks, months, or years later, still waiting to start.
Time to get real people! Don’t worry; I am writing this more for myself here. I have all of this head knowledge; now I need to put it into practice and get real with myself. I have the accountability buddies, I have the goal, and the skills to do this. Now time to just get on with it and do it!!
Let’s see what happens over the next week (and months, and years).
I am looking forward to checking in with you next time.