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Diary of a Mad Writer
Saturday, 10 January 2004
A Week to End all Weeks!

Well, the minute I decide I'm going to set aside some time and write every day, that's the moment every diversion known to man rears its head.

First, my agent sends a sample of the way he wants me to do my proposals. I'm thrilled! But it's not how I had originally done them. So, I start on that. Then, my editor sends the galleys for my book releasing in June. I have to have the whole thing read, corrected and returned in seven days. Yikes!

At work, our office is going through many changes and lots of uncertainties. It's tough. Then a nearby office calls to tell us that a death threat has been made against one of our employees. Me.

How can I be creative in the midst of such chaos and emotional overload? Where can I possibly fit in time to write? It ain't easy, eh?

And I failed miserably. But the important thing is, I recognized my limitations, and I don't let myself feel like a failure. After all, writing is something I love to do. The minute I make it the master of my life (and there is only one Master!), that's when it is no longer enjoyable.

Understand that sometimes life gets in the way of our passion and just because you can't write every day, doesn't mean you're not a writer.

Many of the other things I did this week, were still part and parcel of being a author. Checking my galleys, reading (reading is a big part of learning to write!), critiquing, preparing proposals, etc.

So, go easy on yourself if you didn't get a chapter a day completed. Look at what you did accomplish and give yourself a pat on the back.

I'm praying next week will be better! Don't give up. Keep chasing your dream.



Posted by thewordsmith at 10:11 AM PST
Updated: Saturday, 10 January 2004 10:12 AM PST
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