Just Right

Five years ago, I participated in Nanowrimo (National Novel Writing Month). I completed my 50,000 words in twenty-six days, rather than the allotted thirty-one. The journey was tough yet rewarding. Then I set the manuscript aside to work on another story.

Recently I decided to edit my Nano manuscript.

Oh boy.

I read it and scrapped the whole thing. Sure, there were some great ideas and a few fun scenes, but it was truly terrible writing (I guess I shouldn’t have expected so much from twenty-six days of pounding out words on a keyboard).

My goal is to complete the second rough draft (we’ll call it James John for now) this summer. While my writing has improved, the first quarter of this draft is still pitiful.

That’s okay. It’s called a rough draft for good reason.

I will edit, edit, edit, consult my writing group, edit, consult them again (and again) and edit more (and more) until a shiny, tightly written work of fiction is produced (and hopefully published).

Writing is hard work. And it’s a long process.

I could let myself wallow in frustration. (After all how many times can a character rake, run or rub his hair before a reader tears out their own hair? And you really, really don’t want to see all my punctuation mistakes…) But it wouldn’t be productive.

So…I write, study, write, study, write, write, write, and keep studying the craft until I get it…

…Just right.

 

 

 

Circle

It’s confession time. I am enjoying my new social media outlets.

Makes me think. Sometimes we dread something so much, we procrastinate and procrastinate and procrastinate…

Procrastination is one of a writer’s worst enemies. I don’t feel like writing. I’m tired. I don’t have time. I can’t find the time. I’ve got other things to do. Are any of these excuses valid? when? and which ones?

I can’t neglect my family or my responsibilities. Family time is essential in our household. Teaching home school and leading youth group are high priority as well. We need to eat; and, I like to keep a decent house (I gave up on “perfect” when I started home-schooling eleven years ago).

Recharge time is necessary for my spirit, soul, and mind. Reading my Bible, listening to music, and enjoying a book fill my life-bucket.

Living well requires wisdom and balance.

“If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” James 1:5

God provides guidance, when I ask and listen. Balance comes in organizing my priorities according to His truth, and in applying that truth day-to-day.

I wish I could say I’ve got it all figured out, and I always live life well . I cant. I don’t. (Good thing God and my family love me unconditionally!)

But…even without asking God, I do tend to know the difference between procrastination and a legit reason for not writing.

Procrastination:  I don’t feel like writing. I can’t find the time.

Legit rationale:  I don’t have time (right now). I’ve got other things to do: Family time, teaching, youth group, etc. (Beware the excuse of unnecessary “other things to do“.)

Procrastination or Legit rationale?:  I’m tired. Do I push through and work? or recharge? Do I read a book? or set it aside? or get some sleep? (Here’s where “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God…” comes into play.)

The Flip-Side:

Do I use writing and social media tools to avoid my duties? (I did ignore cleaning the bathroom the other day; and, the dishes are piling up again.)

Balance and Wisdom.

I think it’s OK to sometimes let the housework slide, a bit, to do something refreshing (as long as it doesn’t get out of control).

Tuesday and Wednesday, I set up this blog, a Facebook Author page, Instagram and Twitter. I had so much fun (especially when creating images for each account). I know maintaining each of these social media avenues will take work–hard work– and perseverance. That’s what writers do–we work hard and persevere.

 

But, sometimes we need to get off the computer and get some housework done.

 

 

 

 

Getting Started

In the “Days of Old”, authors wrote books. Today we write, blog, tweet, Facebook, post in Instagram, etc., etc., etc. (well…we are expected to participate in these social media outlets). Essentially, we write and promote.  The pressure is on; and, I confess I have been rebelling against it all. It’s not that I don’t like social media. I do like it. But, I would rather focus on my WsIP (WIPs?). My time is limited. I’m busy.

I am a wife, mother, home school teacher, youth leader, friend, and writer.

Now…

I am a blogger.

The rebellion is over.

I realize I can whine, gripe and ignore modern mechanisms of promotion…or, I can “suck-it-up” and do what it takes to be a writer. (I probably will still complain–sometimes–I’m human.)

So…It’s time to get started.

Welcome to my blog:

Justwrite. Inspire