I saw this on FB this morning. I must say, talk about, “in your face.”
As any writer knows, procrastination is half the fun of being a writer. How long can I put off those thousand ( or however many ) words today? Hmmmm. Let’s see. I can get on FB. I can get on Twitter. I can read and call it research. I can think and call it organizing my thoughts. Or, I could just stare into space and call it, wasting time.
I am a master procrastinator. I admit it. There are days when staring even seems like a better option.
Still, I managed to crank out 90% of my novel. I’m seriously looking at editors now. How did that happen. I must have slept through it.
Honestly, I don’t worry too much about schedules or word counts. When I started my book, I read all kinds of advice. How to start. When to start. Best time to write. Rules. No rules. Words per day. Every day. Not every day.
I finally found what worked for me. I’m more the no rules type of writer. I outline. Often very detailed outlines, but always knowing that it will change at some time.
Im very open to my characters input. Just yesterday, a main character decided to tell me she has something like second site, she senses things. HOLD ON!!!!!!!! What? That was not in the plan. That was not in the outline. That was not even on my radar.
But, as writer’s tend to know, oftentimes characters know best. So, I went with it and I liked it.
Right now, I’m writing this blog. Why, I’m procrastinating.
Gotta go. My character awaits.
Hello. I am the author of the Historical Fiction novel called Mamie Garrison. It is a tale of slavery, abolition, romance and history, set in the years just prior to the Civil War. It is available on Kindle for .99 and also in paperback. Mamie Garrison has a dual storyline. The present day story involves Bella and Andrew finding Mamie's journals. Their story includes romance and paranormal aspects. Mamie's story follows her adventures as an abolitionist through her journals. There are some mysteries as well as an unusual background in Mamie's life. I have completed book two in my series. Colin Garrison, Book 2 of The Garrisons is available at Amazon.com/dp/B0759MYN81. Please see my Colin Garrison page under the menu option for a small sample of this new book. I am 60 and married with one adult child and one grandchild. I have always enjoyed the written word and have been a voracious reader from my early youth. I am inspired by many authors in the historical fiction genre. I am also a lover of Russian literature, particularly Tolstoy and Doestoyefsky. I find great inspiration for creating characters by looking at the ones these two authors have created. There is such a depth to them. I have written for most of my life in one form or another. I have dabbled in poetry and songwriting, and have more started novels than finished ones. In my free time, I like reading, history and travel. I am interested in genealogy and working on my family tree. I live in the Midwest United States with my husband, Chris and my dog, Max.