Lots of people make New Year’s Resolutions.
I’m sure there must be a few people who actually keep them, although I don’t think I’ve ever heard any first person success stories.
New Year’s Day has never worked for me, fresh start-wise. It’s too much the tag end of a long string of family celebrations and over-indulgences. The new semester is starting at school. There’s snow everywhere. I’m just not into being virtuous and industrious the morning after I’ve guzzled way to much champagne and stayed up long after my usual bedtime.
So I’ve missed the good habits boat once again. In the last year my writing time has dwindled and Facebook has become my false friend.
Is it too late- for me, or if you find yourself in the same messy mire, for you? No! Of course not! Let’s cut ourselves some resolution slack.
Today is Ash Wednesay the first day of Lent, and not to put too fine a religious point on it, this is a time to give up indulgences and recommit to what’s really important. Religious observers give up something for Lent- red meat, chocolate, trashy tv shows… you get the drift. I’m, um, not super religious but I’ve decided to give up my number one indulgence-
How do I plan to accomplish this?
I’ve been reorganizing my WIP novel and I think I have the structure straight so this morning I broke my novel into individual 25 files, one for each chapter. Next saved them in one big novel folder. It’s the Bird By Bird approach. I can get this project done if I tackle it in manageable bites, a little at a time.
Next I pulled out my calendar and logged those chapters in.Tomorrow I’ll tackle chapter 3 and 4, on Friday it will be chapter 5’s turn. Most days I’ll work on one chapter, moving on the next day. At this point in my revision I know where the sticky bits are so I’ve scheduled extra time for them– but not too much. I’m building momentum as I build my book.
By creating daily appointments with small bites of my novel I hope to greet each day (with a few pre-scheduled vacation days) with vigor and excitement. No more trolling the internet. No more fooling around on Facebook. Sorry Kate Middleton, you’re going to have to plan your new maternity wardrobe without me.
I’ve got a book to write.
And now that I’m giving up procrastination for Lent I’ve got 40 days to do it! Cheer me on at my new website www.tamilewisbrown.com. I’ll be posting milestones and (eek setbacks) in the daily news section.
What are your tricks for keeping (or getting) on track? I REALLY REALLY REALLY want to know.
~tami lewis brown