Monday, August 27, 2007

Monday, August 27, 2007
Waxing Moon
Pluto Retrograde
Venus Retrograde
Sunny and cooler

Pant, pant, pant.

Writing marathon yesterday.

Post-Travers article written, polished, out.

25 short articles, researched and written. I have to type them and polish them, but they can start going out today.

Good start on the long article. Will finish it today; polish and send it out tomorrow morning before I leave.

Several ideas for the other short article for the other publication, which I’m going to give a shot.

Such is the life of a freelance writer.

Right now, especially, I have no patience with “ooh, I haven’t been able to write for days/weeks/months because of (pick on ) lack of inspiration, family, no time, etc. etc.”

Guess you don’t have to worry about eating and paying bills, then do you? Got someone else to cover those. Lucky you.

And the writing boards are rife with those whines right now, and I just want to slap some of these people upside the head. So I’m taking a break from the boards, because, really, it’s not my business and not my problem, and I can choose not to engage.

There’s nothing wrong with choosing not to write, for whatever reason. Your life choices are YOURS. But own it, take responsibility for it, and stop making excuses.

When you rely on the writing to pay the bills, you don’t have the luxury of a lack of inspiration. It’s what separates the pros from the amateurs. And it doesn’t mean you can’t love what you do, just because it’s how you make your living.

And it’s amazing how quickly “inspiration” kicks in when there’s a deadline looming!!!

Did I “wanna” yesterday?

No.

I WANTED to sit around with a good book and a nice bottle of wine.

Did I write?

Sure I did.

Did I enjoy it?

Yeah. In spite of some struggle, lots of pacing, some frustration, yes I did. Because I my vocation is also my passion.

And I wasn’t going to whine, because the jam I was in this weekend was of my own making – not paying proper attention to the contracts. Although, looking back at the emails, I did bring it up with the former editor and she confirmed the dates I had on my calendar, not the dates on the contract.

Too bad the new editor didn’t see it the same way, in spite of receiving copies of the confirmation emails.

Well, get it out of the way and then I don’t have to worry about it all month, right?

Managed to get in some good work on Good Names this morning. We’re in the climactic chapter, where Althea and Ruby unmask and face down the murderer. Then I have two more chapters, and the first draft is DONE. I’d hoped to get it done before I left for Philly, but no such luck, thanks to these other articles. I’m not dragging a 275 page manuscript on the bus to work on it. However, I figure that mid-September is a pretty reasonable time to aim for a finish date.

It won’t hit 100K – more like 75K. Which is perfect, because then it gives me 25K of room to fill out with details, descriptions, and more red herrings. It will be a nice skeleton on which to hang the final book.

Sunday’s my night off from evening workouts, but I missed it. Good Yoga session this morning, and I’m looking forward to a solid weight training session tonight.

Devon

Good Names — 68,382 words out of est. 75,000 words

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
68 / 75
(90.7%)
Published in: on August 27, 2007 at 7:25 am  Comments (7)  

7 Comments

  1. Professional writers write as a career–I never have patience for the “My muse vanished” excuses either. LOL…and when it’s your career–you can be sued if you don’t turn in work on time. You hit on one of my soap box issues. 🙂

    Good morning!
    Yasmine

  2. No Ratatouille?? 😉

    You’re absolutely right. When it’s on YOU to pay the bills with writing, you can’t have “off” days. That’s one way to stay motivated, for sure!

    I think that really is the bottom line. People who have another source of income besides writing are usually the ones who whine about not having enough time. It makes sense.

  3. Wow! An incredibly powerful post.
    I’ve been telling myself I’ve been too stressed and depressed and tired and “de-mused” to write lately (most of this year, actually), but you are absolutely right – I’ve not been too stressed and depressed and uninspired to do the day job, because my bills and I want da money. And I’ve not been to stressed and depressed and tired and uninspired to exercise because all my fat clothes are gone and I’ll have to walk around naked if I gain it back. And…(can go on and on about keeping up the yard, the house, etc. You get my drift.)
    So…if writing is important to me, I’ll find a way back to it, and if not, so be it – I’ll consider it a temporary hobby and admire, with no jealousy or regret, those who did stick to it and accomplished something, like yourself.
    But no more whining!
    So…thanx for an awesome post!

  4. It’s not easy writing and working full time and raising a kid, but there are ways to find time to write. I may only get a paragraph in, but I do get some writing done. And almost every day. Almost. 😀

  5. I wrestled with excuses for too long. When I look back at that time, I think about how much I could have accomplished if I just would have shut off the t.v. or ignored the dishes or whatever.

  6. What a marathon!

    Way to go!

    I know that *felt* way better than thinking about writing, or talking about it!

    You are the go-to woman when it comes time to get it done!

    I admire you for that!

    truly,

    Sylvia C.

  7. I’m glad you were able to get everything done.
    I am a whiner, but know it. I’m not a professional writer and know that, too. So, I make allowances.
    I’m glad you are a strong person who recognizes what needs to be done and does it. Kudos to you!


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