2016 Changes

A photo of my "girls" - my current tribe is a bit furry.
A photo of my “girls” – my current tribe is a bit furry.

I love the “New Year” idea, and I love making lists of resolutions, or things I want to try to focus on.

This year I’m proceeding with something that has been a long time coming. I’m moving away from the “business” and entrepreneurship world, and I’m going forward as a freelance writer. That means there will be more activity on this blog, and less elsewhere.

This blog is going to function as something that resembles what I like to read. Which is, the “life and style of a writer”, or something thereabouts. I’ll share my favorite places to write and gather, fun stuff that I do, word counts, what I’m reading, that sort of thing. Maybe. I’ll try.

Hopefully I’ll find more people to connect with through this sort of blogging. 2016, the year I find a Tribe? Perhaps!

Word count: sporadic. I’ve had a few ideas floating around in my head since the summer, and I think I may be pulling the yarns together into something. I’ve written a few scenes, each a few k each, including some character introductions.




Tips for Working over Family Holidays

The holidays never cease to throw a wrench into any plans to be productive that I may have had. Living 1800 miles away from my hometown (where most of my family and friends reside) means it’s always a big deal when I am able to go home for a visit. It also means that no matter what my best intentions are, I never get as much writing done as I want to.

It is incredibly hard to get family and friends to understand your job when you work from home, especially if your time is spent all day on the computer. Writing takes a great deal of concentration, and it’s not the kind of thing that is easy to do when you have someone next to you chatting. Combine that with the fact that Christmas is a time for family and loved ones, and we’ve got a very stressful situation and a challenge of trying to find a balance.

It seems like it might be easiest to just take the time off completely and focus on family, but sometimes it isn’t possible to do that, or uncomfortable to take weeks away from making progress. In that case, I’ve been trying out two big tips to help me keep my momentum:

Practice Starting and Finishing: This applies to a work in general as well as daily writing. Sometimes I have something to do in the afternoon, but I have time to write in the morning and evening. I need to practice sitting down and hammering out words without the promise of a long stretch of writing time. For me, starting is the hardest part. I need to get used to it.

Appear in the afternoon: I’m lucky in that my family likes to sleep in, and they don’t really do anything before the coffee has had a few hours to activate their brains. This means I’m able to stay in my room and write in the morning without any distractions, and if they don’t “believe” I am working, they can just assume I’m sleeping. Of course, I’m fighting my own desire to get up and see what everyone is up to, but it works when I can!

The main thing is to keep going along, and not get discouraged no matter what!