So Close, Yet So Far

Getting close to the end on anything writing-related is such an exciting thing, no matter what the case may be. Maybe you’re getting close to the end of the draft, maybe you’re getting close to the final before you send your manuscript off to the world, or maybe you’re getting close to the end of a goal.

Whatever the case may be, you’re probably getting excited. I know I am.

If you’ve been following me for any length of time, you know I’ve been handwriting a draft of The Path to Biological. I know some of you may think it’s insane (I spoke to one individual that thinks it’s insane, anyway), but at the time, it seemed easier than going back and forth between two different screens, or making a lot of use out of the backspace button (which I do enough of already!).

I finally have less than 20 pages left (then I have to type it, but I’m not ready to think about that yet). When I started this, I never imagined I would be taking months to do this. I finally put a deadline on myself and I’m making myself stick to it. The handwriting has to be done by next month, and then I can focus on typing. So far, I’m actually ahead, which is where I plan to stay.

The thing is, when we’re getting close to the end of something, why does it seem like there are more distractions than ever before? It’s like there’s some unseen force that helps distract us from reaching our goal, which is really annoying and frustrating.

Really, you have two options here: Push through the distractions, or give in.

What will you choose? I know which one I try to choose.

Now, I know that things happen like a family member (kids especially) or a friend needs you. That’s understandable and acceptable. They should come before writing. Always.

Well, I guess that’s it for today. Until Monday….stay tuned!

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Meeting Deadlines

I haven’t really talked all that much about meeting deadlines. Today, I would like to change that.

I have a major deadline coming up. Well, a self-imposed major deadline. I need to be sending my manuscript to the editor by Wednesday, March 4. Can you believe it’s almost time to send my book to the editor? I can’t. I still remember when I was just starting the first draft…

I won’t say I remember it like it was yesterday. It was definitely not yesterday. But, I do remember it very clearly. I started writing it in May. It does not seem like that long.

Anyway, back to deadlines. It’s hard to meet the deadlines sometimes. I can’t believe I have actually made myself a deadline to get my book edited by a professional.

There is one problem to meeting this deadline. Distractions. Those gosh darn distractions seem to get the better of me a lot. I try not to get distracted, but well, it happens. I really must start turning off social media so I can’t get on for a while. That’s the biggest problem (then again, I also just got distracted trying to figure that out. Hmm…).

Distractions. They’re a huge problem. I’m telling you. It’s taking me forever to write this post because my mind is everywhere else. Ugh.

Okay, I really just need to turn my phone off. That’s being a big distraction right now.

I’m telling you, distractions are all over the place. It’s so hard to meet deadlines because of it. But, if you can meet your deadline, you’re that much stronger because of it.

So, are you ready to turn everything off? Get to it, then! Go get your work done.

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NaNoWriMo 2014

Another Monday, so time for another NaNoWriMo update!

I’m officially in the middle of my first NaNoWriMo project. Well, a little bit past the middle, I guess, really. It’s tough, I admit.

See that? I admitted it. It’s tougher than I ¬†thought it would be. I’m officially in the middle and losing steam. Fast. I don’t like it, but I am. I have just less than 30,000 words done, and I should be able to get that much done today. I’ll be a day ahead, at least.

One day ahead. Unlike the two or three days ahead that I used to be. Well, I guess that’s alright, since I did have things come up (my niece visited, I got sick, other distractions, blah, blah, blah), but still, it would be nice to be as far ahead as I used to be.

The Healing is coming along very nicely, though I’m not sure how I feel about that title anymore, since it’s spiraling out of control. I’m not so sure that it’s about healing anymore. It’s more about coming together as friends. Well, we’ll see. Maybe I’ll go with my original title.

There’s not a lot to talk about with NaNoWriMo. I guess you could say while I’m not at a complete standstill, I’m close. I’m pushing forward, though. I have just over 20,000 words left before I “win.” I may not officially be signed up for it, but I’m doing it. I’m a sucker for punishment, I tell you.

NaNoWriMo is hard, but so far I’m finding that it’s worth it. Depending on how the rest of the month goes, I may not get it done, but I’ll be close. Until then, stay tuned!