the disorganized writer

Saturday, October 07, 2006

Goal Posts

Week three of “The Artist’s Way” is almost complete, and it has only taken me 2 and a half months. Not bad. Actually, I’ve been stuck on week three the longest because I haven’t completed what should be the easiest of tasks. Task #6: “Call a friend who treats you like you are a really good and bright person who can accomplish things.” I had planned to call a certain friend I haven’t spoken to in several months. We love spending time together, but both have telephone phobias (am I the only person on the face of the earth who doesn’t have a cell phone?), so we rarely get together. It occurred to me as I started writing this post that I have talked to other friends who fit the bill. Task accomplished, on to week three this weekend.

“Leap and the net will appear.” John Burroughs

I have a fear of heights, literally and figuratively, and I’m not sure why. I have published things. In fact, the very first article I sent out was accepted. Yet, I am still hesitant and unsure of my footing in the writing world. Is it okay to write essays, articles, devotions, short stories, poetry, picture books, and young adult novels? Do I have to narrow my focus to one or two areas? Which are my strengths? I have published in the first five genres, but I have a heart for children. Devotions keep me focused and poetry keeps my imagination alive, but articles make money.

I make to-do lists constantly. They are long and never get completed. I set goals. They, too, are impossible to reach. I feel behind, overwhelmed. For the month of October, I will set small, reasonable goals. I will tape a copy to my computer and use another as a bookmark.

October Goals
1 I will complete Morning Pages three days a week.
2 I will write two devotions this month.
3 I will write anything else two days a week.
4 I will send off one manuscript this month.

These are do-able. My old impossible list I’ll keep. I may work my way up there as my confidence grows. I am confident I can achieve this.

Friday, July 14, 2006

Getting Started

I self published my first book in 2nd grade. There was only one copy, but it was widely circulated among immediate family members. With such an audacious beginning, you would think I’d have a little more to show for myself. I do have a few publishing credits, but not enough to shake a stick at.

My problem (well, one of many) is that I can’t decide what to write. I have notebooks of ideas for fiction and non-fiction, few young adult novels in various stages, poetry that needs revising, and a gazillion books and bookmarked websites I’m sure I’ll read every word of one day.

My latest kick is starting writing classes and not finishing them. I’m on Day Eight (it took me two months to get there) of The Write Approach from Inspired2Write, but I lost my notebook. I ordered “The Artist’s Way” and the accompanying journal. I’ve read the introduction. Just an hour ago, I bookmarked a few new sites and signed up for the F2K newsletter so I can start the free course next time it’s offered. Again. These are my most recent attempts to jump-start my writing and get in some kind of writing habit. I’ve read it takes 21 days to develop a new habit. I guess they have to be in a row.