My New Old Writing Goals

by Vanna on November 27, 2011

I’m beginning to fear that I won’t do very well in self-publishing given my overwhelming tendency towards procrastination. I have not written anything new, nor revised anything old for nearly a month. I have also been very bad about critiquing other writers works over at critiquecircle.com. My inability to get anything of consequence done has, however, lead me to start thinking, to start searching for the reasons why. Why do I find it so hard to stay on course of getting the first book of my fantasy series published in the beginning of next year. And the answers I came up with are:

1. I am afraid of taking the plunge because I am afraid that I am just not good enough
2. Because of reason no.1 I continuosly take evasive measures when it comes to finishing the book

In my case, the evasive behavior has been playing games on my new iPad and obsessing over trivial matters. To stop doing that I have now listed my priorities as regards the fulfillment of this, my most important life dream. They are:

1. Finish book 1 of Anniversary of the Veil
2. Get into social media
3. Self publish by February
4. Write book 2

No. 2 sort of overlaps the all the rest, but I did want to be clear with myself that no. 1 is my top priority. All else is useless without no.1. So now to get started…

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Daniel R. Marvello November 27, 2011 at 8:34 pm

You can do it, Vanna. You have to start somewhere, and your first book is only the beginning. It won’t be your best work, so just let that idea go. The point of the first book is to apply what you learned to your second. The point of the second is to apply what you’ve learned to the third. But you’ll never get to the third if you don’t finish the first. Just keep writing and learning and writing some more.

I’m right there with you. I’m finishing the third-draft edits for my first book, and I’ll be publishing it in early 2012 after my editor gets a shot at it and all the other ducks are lined up for marketing it.

The key for me has been to set aside a predictable block of time every day that is my writing time. Always. It’s the only way I’ve found to make consistent and satisfying progress.

Reply

Vanna November 27, 2011 at 9:26 pm

Thanks for the encourangement! You are totally right about everything that you pointed out too. I sometimes just kind of lose track of time and then weeks go by when I do nothing to advance my goals. Though I am always happiest when I am actually writing and taking action towards making my plans a reality 😉

That’s great that you are so near to publishing your first book. I’ve now decided to put all my efforts into getting this first book done and published. I will only worry about the second book once this one is done.

You are also self-publishing right? Can I ask you where/how you found an editor? Thanks!

Reply

James T Kelly January 29, 2012 at 9:25 am

I know your pain, Vanna! It’s just all too easy to do something other than writing. I currently get up an hour early during the week to write but haven’t been able to translate that to the weekend for some reason. Somehow something more important seems to crop up.

Don’t be afraid of not being good enough, though. Be afraid of looking back and having regrets!

Reply

Vanna January 30, 2012 at 2:34 pm

That’s a beautiful thought and great advice, thank you!

I think not finding the time to write on the weekend could just be another sign of procrastination. Though I also think that once you go deeper into a writing project you always find the time, and are happy to make the time 😉 I had the hardest time getting started on my final revision, but now, just over a week into it, I lose track of time while I’m revising.

Good luck with your writing!

Reply

Jenny September 6, 2012 at 4:48 pm

Vanna, I’ve been where you are (still am on some days). I finally stuck with it, surrounded myself with people who believed in me, and finished my first novel and a short story. Long story short, I have a publisher interested in my novel and a publisher accepted a short story for their anthology releasing in
December. Trust me. If I can do it, so can you. You just have to believe in yourself and make your dream come true.

Reply

Vanna September 9, 2012 at 9:20 am

That’s awesome, congrats! I’m still struggling with finding my writing discipline, but, on the whole, I’m getting better, I think. Thanks for the encouragement 😉

Reply

Leave a Comment

CommentLuv badge

Previous post:

Next post: