Olympic Writer-in-Training

Me, in December: I’ll have this first draft finished by the end of the month, and then I can start on the book I’m supposed to be writing!

Me, in January: Uh … I’ll have this draft finished by the end this month. Or … maybe February. Yup. No problem. And if I don’t, then it’ll have to be set aside until I’ve finished the first draft of the book I’m supposed to be writing. Pinky swear.

Me, partway through February: After all, the Olympics only come once every two years. Writing can take a back seat for a couple of weeks. I really need to watch this sport … what’s it called again?

Me, one week before the end of February: So … maybe I can squeeze in 20,000 words in eight days? How badly do the kids need schooling? And what’s wrong with frozen dinners? Who needs clean clothing anyway? Can I squeeze my self-imposed deadline into March? Why do I need a deadline, anyway? I’m an indie author! It’s not like I have a contract to fill! Maybe I can write three books at once. Sure. That’s not so hard, right?

Sigh.

I’m tired.

But the Olympics have been awesome. I just need to figure out how to apply half of the drive those athletes have to my own life, and I won’t have to wrestle with these sorts of problems anymore.

*Snort*

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2 thoughts on “Olympic Writer-in-Training

  1. One word: NaNoWriMo. :) There’s nothing like it to make you finish a draft. At least one per year! But you’re right, the Olympics are worth it. You can just tell yourself it’s research, you’ll write something about an athlete someday. No?

    • The problem for me with NaNo is that November is a crazy month for me. Joy’s birthday at the beginning, and frantically working on Christmas presents for the rest. Frankly, November and December are probably my two least-productive months, writing wise. So it never makes sense to try to do NaNo. Maybe in fifteen years or so, when the kids are grown!

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