Breakthroughs

After wallowing in despair over not writing, I finally parked my fanny in the chair and said, “Self, you will complete the revised outline today.” Okay, so I didn’t actually complete it, but I did make a breakthrough that will allow me to get back to The Captain and Chenille. I also revised the first three chapters, and hope to get through a few more in the coming week (if I’m not called for jury duty).

That’s the good news. The better news is I did this work before the CWC Tri-Valley Branch Writers Conference. It was a full day of presentations on craft, publishing, and marketing. I would have felt guilty as all get-out if I hadn’t worked on my outline, because I knew at least half of the people I talked to would ask, “So, how’s the writing coming?” Instead of hanging my head and justifying my presence at the conference when the keyboard was calling, I could say, “Well, after a long dry spell I’m back at work on my novel.” My friends were happy for me, and I could be happy for them when they told me about their work, or at least sympathize if they were still in the middle of their own dry spell. I also had a grand time at the conference, because I could concentrate on the information being presented, not the work I wasn’t doing.

The best news is the biggest breakthrough. I realized I could use this episode to keep my fingers on the keyboard. My writing club meets monthly, and if I make a habit of asking at least one person at the meeting about their writing, then I will want to make sure I’ll have good news to report when they ask about my progress in return. Yes, I am in critique groups, but they know I have had a lot going on lately and have cut me some slack. Other people won’t. Accountability is a great motivator, and I plan to use every opportunity to keep me in the writing habit.

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Luck and wisdom!

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