Sunday, May 21, 2017

Setting Realistic Goals for Writing Time

At times, I am too hard on myself. I feel like I should be glued to my chair and my laptop non stop writing. But I've learned that life doesn't work like that for me. I love my family and friends and want to make time with them too. I approach my writing as a career/job. I put in my time and when I'm done, then it's me time.

As of late, things are not going as planned. I don't mean that in a bad way, but I need to be more assertive of my writing schedule than I have been. I've written eleven books in five years, so why am I struggling with only two of them in this last year?

Maybe it was the five weddings, (four out of state) I've been to this year. Long lost family and friends coming for a visit; two years of appliance breakdowns and waiting for repair and service men between the hours of 8 - 5 to appear at my door. (Kind of breaks down a writer's concentration even though it's fuel for a new book...)

Oh! And let's not forget the many tornado warnings we've had this year and hanging out in our 'Fraidy Hole. (The closet under the stairs). That's not good for my concentration either.

Today, I'm making a new resolution to take advantage of my time to devote to writing. I'm going to let the creative process take over and embrace it fully.

After this tornado warning subsides. Sigh. Back to the 'Fraidy Hole. Again.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Getting into a Writing Mindset

I have tried writing every day since last Sunday and got all the way to Wednesday. Sigh. Things happen in my life that I can't just put aside and I have to deal with that crisis as it comes up.

Even my horoscope has told me to make writing a priority. So yesterday, I sat in my office raring to go and my husband came into my office very upset and emotional about an issue at work. First off, he's the level one. I'm Sicilian and fly off the handle at every turn. For him to come up to my office in the first place is a definite cry for help. He and my daughter are the most important people in my life.

We decided to tackle this issue together and the more he talked about it, the calmer he became and we came up with an idea how to tackle this without name calling and taking the high road. By lunch time, he had calmed down enough for me to get back to my writing.

Back at my computer, I started to write and got to maybe two thousand words and then my mind became a complete blank.

I'm taking today off to enjoy myself. I mowed the entire lawn while it was a cool 75 here. I had a leisurely breakfast and I will chill.

The lesson I learned is that people should not write emails while angry. I don't care what anyone says. Words hurt and cannot be taken back.


Sunday, May 7, 2017

My Characters are Driving Me Crazy!

It's been a challenging week at the Kasznia's. Way too much stuff going on in the household. Makes working on the book take a back seat and I feel badly because I really want to finish this story and get it submitted!

I looked forward to Saturday because my daughter worked and my husband had a tee time. Five hours for me! Whoo Hoo!

I put a load of wash into my eight year old front loader and it didn't sound right, but I ignored it like I have since September when it started making that noise. Everytime I've started it up, I've crossed my fingers and said a little prayer.

I ran upstairs to my office and start writing and I'm on fire! The characters are talking to me as if we're trying to catch up with each other! It's great!  The signal goes off and I get to a stopping point and run downstairs to transfer the wash to the dryer. I load the second load and the control panel blinks at me. Huh? I pushed the OFF button and it didn't register. Now I'm pushing all the buttons and the door locks. My clothes are locked inside and I can't get them out! The control panel is blinking like it's possessed and I'm freaking out! How do I get the door unlocked?

Okay. I can do this. I used to fix computers and the best thing to do is to unplug it and plug it back in. Will I get electrocuted because things are still blinking? I ran back upstairs and texted my husband on the golf course. I know he can't drop what he's doing but I need someone to talk to about this. No answer. Hmmm.

I run back downstairs and the control panel is dark. But the door is unlocked! I snatched my clothes out of there in case the machine decided to change it's mind.

It's official. I need a new machine. I went online and looked. Home Depot had the best prices but it's still a lot of money. Since we've been married, my husband and I buy major appliances together looking at all of the options, making sure we've made the best decision. I did it once and he became very upset and hurt that I made a decision without consulting him. Won't do that again!

Checked my phone and there's no response to my text. I can't sit still and writing is out of the question at this point. I drove to Home Depot to see if I could look at the machines I saw online. They don't have the ones I wanted on display. Why would I expect they would?

Back home and now I'm really worried about my husband. Is he okay? It's not like him not to respond to my texts. Is he dead? Did he lose his job and they disabled his cell phone? Is it off? Did he leave it in the car? (If I did that, he'd read me the riot act!) Bingo! He left it in the car. I was not nice.

He got home and we ordered the machine online and it will be delivered on Wednesday. I told the family, there are plenty of bath towels to use until then but there's the, 'but it's my favorite towel' song and dance. I had choice words about that too!

My husband took me out to dinner to make up for it and I had wine and relaxed. At three in the morning, I woke up because I had a dream about my characters, I ran upstairs and started writing until five. I went back to bed and slept until seven. When I read what I wrote, it made no sense and didn't fit into the story at all. I bet they're having a good laugh at me while I'm rewriting the scenes! I'll get even with them! lol!

Sunday, April 30, 2017

How to Write Through Home Repair...Is it possible?

Crazy week on the home front. I think I wrote about ten thousand words between visits from home repair visits.

Next week looks promising...but maybe not. That's right. Our roof and fence will be repaired this week and there's no way I can work through that!

I guess I'll have to stomach our noisy library where mothers let their young children run free, while screaming down the aisles.

What happened to QUIET! in the libraries? Is that a thing of the past that no one told me about?

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Works in Progress

It has been a productive week of writing. Now that our social life has come back down to normal, I can breathe again and think clearly. I've been able to write almost everyday. I am anxious to get done with this story so this will be my first draft of it. I know how I want it to end but the characters keep taking me in different directions and throwing me off base.

Once I'm done, I'll reread and edit the story. I want the reader to 'feel' the characters which means I don't want to 'tell'. I have a bad habit of doing just that from my years of writing Functional Specifications for programming.

When I get stuck on reworking my books, I take time out to read other successful authors and how they present their stories which helps dramatically.

My mentor is anxious to read this story as well which is another reason I'm setting a goal for myself to get up to speed.

Unlike other authors, I can only concentrate on one book at a time. Yes, I have many books I've started writing but usually only one calls out to me to get it completed.

Happy reading!

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Happy Easter!

I got a great night's sleep, raring to sit down and write, but guess what? My characters have decided to take the day off to enjoy Easter. I guess I will too!

Happy Easter to everyone!

Monday, April 10, 2017

Back to Normal! Writing it is!

The wedding season is over for us! Now it's back to disclipline and writing. My characters are chomping at the bit! I hear you! Let's go!