Confession time. My name is Terri Weldon and I over commit. Yep, I commit to doing more things than any sane woman could hope to complete. I just saw the problem when I typed the last sentence – sane. No one ever accused me of that! 🙂
Actually, I have too many interests. Traveling – you bet. Organize a book club event at church – I’m game. Garden – of course, I love flowers. Movies and theater – absolutely. Be a team member on a blog – I’d be honored. Lunch or dinner with friends – anytime. Scour the thrift stores once a week with my sis – a favorite pastime. Oh, and I currently have a demanding fulltime job.
Whoa, wait a minute. Did I just make my schedule so tight that I don’t have time to write today? Skipping one day won’t hurt. And skipping one day might be okay, but the problem is the next day is booked tighter than the previous one. Whoops, I forgot I can’t spend all day Saturday writing because this weekend is when my local ACFW chapter meets.
Before I know it an entire week goes by and I haven’t written a word. That’s treacherous. The more time I spend away from my characters the easier it is to lose their voice and my voice. I can forget what motivates them. What hardships and joys they’ve had in their lives. Then instead of sitting down and writing I have to waste valuable time reacquainting myself with them.
Not writing daily keeps me from growing as a writer. It can also cause me to lose valuable opportunities such as submitting to agents or publishing houses. I read a blog post by Cindy Patterson on Seriously Write where she said, “Just imagine … 500 words a day, 5 days a week equals = 2,500 words a week. If you do this for 52 weeks you’ll write 130,000 words a years!!”
That statement slapped me upside the head. Am I really so busy that I can’t squeeze 500 words a day in? Lunch time, right before bed, or early in the morning?
If you’re like me, I know several things we can do to ramp up our productivity:
- Focus. Decide what is important to you and keep that goal in mind.
- Make a writing schedule and STICK TO IT!
- Learn to say no. You aren’t obligated to do everything that is asked of you. Saying no doesn’t make you a bad person.
- Limit your interests. Everything can’t be important to you. Ouch!
- Talk about your writing to your family and try and get them to support you decision to be an author.
If you’ve successfully overcome the bad habit of over committing, please, tell me how you did it.
If you’re like me and still struggling then tell me your plan. I bet you have some great ideas I never thought of.
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Terri Weldon is a lead analyst by day and an author by night. She enjoys gardening, reading, and shopping for shoes – a habit she really needs to break. Problem is they make new, cute ones every season. One of her favorite pastimes is volunteering as the librarian at her church. It allows her to shop for books and spend someone else’s money! Plus, she has the great joy of introducing people to Christian fiction. She lives with her family in Oklahoma. Terri has two adorable Westies – or they have her, she’s never sure which. Terri is a member of Romance Writers of America and American Christian Fiction Writers. Her dream of becoming a published author came true when her novella Mistletoe Magic was published.