Okay, the holidays are over. New Year’s resolutions are done (and I mean done, as in missed, forgotten, totally not going to happen already). Time to get my act in gear. Yep. Time to do that. Starting tomorrow. Or maybe this weekend will be better because, you know, I’ll have more time to get it in gear.
This is how my mental state is right now. I have a “completed” manuscript. I’m ready for beta…maybe. But I better read it a dozen more times, editing all over the place so I have to read it again and again to see if my changes work or made it worse. Or maybe I should chuck it.
No. I’m not going to chuck it. But I do need to chuck this attitude of waffling and thinking the time isn’t perfect to write or that the writing will ever be perfect. I’ve watched a couple repeat movies during the last week so clearly there are some multi-hour blocks wasted there. The Christmas tree does not need to come down any time soon – it’s not in the way, and it kinda covers up that stain on the carpet. We’re on diets, so I won’t have a lot of cooking to do. NOW IS THE TIME.
So my NEW New Year’s resolutions are:
- Set aside 4 hours per evening to write.
- Read the manuscript through once, make notes on what I think needs to change, then spend time (a LITTLE time) thinking through those changes and any effect they might have on the rest of the manuscript BEFORE I willy-nilly muck it up.
- Set a realistic date to have it ready for beta, and GET IT OUT with a realistic date to get the responses back in.
- FINISH THE DAMN THING and get it out to agents/editors!
How are you all doing on your resolutions? How many are non-writing? Remember, the Colorado Gold conference will be here before you know it – that’s a great chance to get your work in front of agents and editors!
Hoping you are all having a good start to the year (and not the same as mine!).
And do you know who Professor Hinkle and his bunny are?