I've been experiencing a little post-conference paralysis. Have you, too?
The rosy conference glow has started to fade. Have you harnessed the energy and inspiration of the Colorado Gold, or, like me, have you slipped into the Dreaded Distractions?
You know them --
…even Google Earth.
All useful when harnessed, these websites and services have a dark side. Yes, they may produce useful information that can boost your creativity or provide key marketing information that may help you in your writer’s journey.
Or they may burn through that most precious commodity: time.
Because you’re on the Internet right now, reading this blog, I don’t want to waste your time, so just do these two things:
One. Applying what you learned at the RMFW conference, make a checklist for what you know you should be doing. What you should be doing today, not in some vague, distant future. Two or three goals--don’t make it overwhelming. Add a box for your reward—one of the websites above.
Set new goals based on tips/insights gained from conference workshops.
Complete character sketch for my villain.
Write X new pages in my WIP.
Two. Scan the following checklist. If you answer “No” to any of these questions, GET THE HECK OFF THE INTERNET!
/__/ Do you have a specific reason to go to [name of website]?
/__/ Can you name the writing goal that visiting [name of website] will help you achieve?
/__/ Can you set your timer for fifteen minutes, and exit [name of website] if it hasn’t helped you toward one of your writing goals within that time?
Once today’s two or three tasks are checked off, treat yourself. Give yourself a half hour on one of those “rabbit hole” websites---then check it off.
Repeat Steps 1 and 2 above, and keep working toward your dreams.
I hope this is helpful to you, and I’m cheering you on!