Is it just me or is every day a race to get as much done as possible before I fall on the mountainous heap of laundry that I never seem to catch up on? All that to say that there aren’t enough hours in a day. (Because you haven’t heard THAT before.)
Sometimes I wish that I had made different choices in life. And when I say sometimes, I mean all the time. But since I can’t change the past, I’m working on changing the future; beginning with the present, of course.
I read somewhere that the true meaning of insanity is defined by doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. I’m referring to me finishing my novel. And as anyone who writes knows, writing is hard fricken work.
It gives me great pleasure, yet takes discipline.
It gives me a purpose, yet takes discipline.
It gives me a sense of satisfaction, yet takes discipline.
You get the picture.
So let’s look at the word discipline for a minute. Discipline is about NOT procrastinating. At some point in my life (when I was around three) procrastinating somehow managed to morph into becoming my best friend. The best friend that I hate. And as I get older, I’m finding that even procrastinating takes too much time and effort. Giving me only two words to say to my now new ex-best friend: good . . . bye.
So back to its opposite: discipline.
To be disciplined you have to sacrifice something. And when I say “sacrifice” I don’t mean giving up one of my children as a flaming gift to the gods. I mean something simple yet habitual. Like . . . off the top of my head . . . alcohol. Also known as “happy hour” around here.
If I give up happy hour, I’ll gain an extra entire evening every day to work on my novel! (Because happy hour never really lasts just an hour).
And when I think about the sense of accomplishment that I’ll have with a completed manuscript under my belt, giving up happy hour is such a small sacrifice.
Your job is to harass my ass until it’s completed.
Questions like . . .
“How’s the novel coming along?”
“How goes it in the world of vampires?”.
. . will suffice.
My goal? To have a finished first draft by the end of the summer. Yes. THIS summer.
Oh my. That means wine, martinis, etc. for an entire summer, which just happens to be the best season for alcohol. Wow. When you put it that way it’s a bigger sacrifice than . . . giving up one of my children as a flaming gift to the gods.
Okay. I’m committed.
And this fall let’s plan on cheering to the completion of that first draft. Virtually or in person.
My job – Writing/working on my novel EVERY DAY.
Your job – Helping me stay on track.
Are you with me?
Tina Santini says
GET YOUR ASS IN GEAR GIRL. YOU ARE ALMOST THERE. THIS IS SOMETHING YOU WANT TO DO. REGRET IS ALSO A WORD YOU WILL HATE IF YOU DON’T GET TO IT. YOU CAN AND WILL DO THIS. GOOD LUCK AND YOU ASKED FOR IT 🙂
Mona Andrei says
Now that’s what I’m talking about! Thanks Tina!!!
Julee Adams says
So, how’s the novel coming? No, seriously, I’m right there with you. I’ve been unemployed for a year and while I’m on my final draft of the first book in my series, I have three others in various stages and started another that was supposed to be a subplot because it would be perfect for a contest. I keep thinking I should have a lot more done and I don’t even have kids and my husband does the laundry.
Anyway, keep it up–you can do it and you’re welcome to stop by for a visit. This Follow Friday, I have some links that are interesting for writers. http://fateandfaith-julee.blogspot.com/2011/05/follow-friday-and-some-amusing-links.html
Mona Andrei says
Thanks so much for the support and encouragement! And I love your site! Thanks for the link as well 😉
Julee Adams says
I tried to leave a response and it didn’t show. I’m right there with you and wish you continued successes. I have five books and two novellas in various stages and I don’t even have kids, but I feel your pain. Take care and stop by to visit a spell if you have time: http://fateandfaith-julee.blogspot.com/2011/05/follow-friday-and-some-amusing-links.html