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Getting Back on Track

In Writer Challenges on September 27, 2009 at 5:17 am

  Is it just me, or are some days just harder than others?  

  Some days when it comes to my writing I just lack direction.  I feel frazzled, and it’s hard to focus.  I start thinking about all the money I’m not making and I get discouraged?  Am I wasting my time here?  How would my time be best spent right now?  Just recently I was having one of those days.  I felt like I was stuck in a rut.  I didn’t quite know what I should do right then.  Of course I have my writing business plan (which you can read more about in my post here) – but that was long term.  I was beginnign to feel a little fuzzy on the short term.

  I’ve mentioned before the importance of doing something to advance your career everyday ( if you missed that you can read more here).  But on this particular day I was finding it extremely difficult to take my own advice.  I had no clue what I should be doing.  So I decided the best thing to do was STOP.  I stopped everything.  I took a step away from the computer, took a few deep breaths and tried to just slow down.  I thought about my finish line goals, and I took a minute to get real.

  By “get real” I just mean that I had to think about how much time there is in a day and how many other responsibilities I have.  I had to keep in mind that I can only do but so much in a day.  I realized that if I’m so busy pushing myself to accomplish unrealistic goals I’d be more likely to fry my brain, run through my energy reserves until I had nothing left, and end up facing another day like the one I’m discussing right now very soon.

  After I’d done that I thought about what calculated steps I could take over the next few weeks to get closer to achieving my dream of becoming a big wig in the writing world.  I decided I’d try to accomplish one task a week.  These are the tasks I came up with:

  • complete book review for Anything But a Dog! 
  • complete book review for Bookkeeping Basics for Freelance Writers
  • complete 2 queries for local publications 
  • complete article for web zine
  • wrangle at least 3 more interviews for another article I’m working on
  • and then complete the article concerning the reviews
  • complete 2 manuscripts to submit
  • rework an already complete article to submit to Ezine Articles
  • apply for Examiner
  • work on a newsletter for Mommy Writers
  • work on completing my first book

  I wrote this list a little over a week ago and I’ve already completed 1 task and made progress on 3 others.  Not bad if I do say so myself.  I hope this will inspire someone else who may be hitting a wall to make their own list and get re-focused.  I’f you’d like to cheer me on and see if I cross another task off my list this week, check back.  I’ll keep this updated.

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  1. I’m cheering you on! Just do what you can do and the rest will come to you. I try and not put pressure on myself or even a timeline unless there is a true deadline (rare for me).

    I hope and pray you find the freelance success you are looking for. I have a friend who is quite successful and if you are on FB, let me know, I can “friend” you – he was part of a writer’s group I was in.

  2. I know exactly how this feels! And I do the same thing, I keep a running to-do list and make it a goal to check off one thing per day. And I do keep things on the list for those days when I just can’t seem to accomplish anything – like, email so-and-so, or mail a birthday card. Just so I feel like I crossed something off.

    One thing I’ve discovered really helps me focus: taking a walk with the dog 🙂 Somehow it just clears my head.

  3. What a list! I would be so proud of myself for crossing any of those items off my list – just getting one blog post out every day if hard enough…I am finding that getting away from my computer and getting out of the house is a must if I’m going to write. I read a tweet that said something like ‘You can’t write about life if you’re not living it’ and it is so true for me.

  4. OK D where are you? I miss you writing. I will give you another assignment for my blog. Write as guest blogger again? I loved what you wrote. So get back on track if you are stuck. Write about your little one and life, vs. about writing and being a mom. I miss your updates!

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