Making resolutions isn’t hard. No, really, it’s easy to say you’re going to lose weight or finish that book. The hard part is the “how.”
If you’re like me, you feel overwhelmed by the daunting task ahead. I mean, how many “regular” people do you know that have written a book? Not to say there’s anything, well, unique about authors. (Hmmm, I think I’ll save THAT subject for another blog.) But telling a story that is over three hundred pages takes perseverance, as well as a great imagination. So, how do we make it happen?
Some authors can just spew the story onto the computer, then hone their manuscript. I envy them. I’m a “pantser,” but writing a book in a short period of time doesn’t work for me. Lately, I’ve discovered the best way for me to get something accomplished is the “little bit at a time” method.
If I try to do anything that is a big project: clean the closets, wash the windows, work on my book. I find myself thinking, “I’ll just hold off until I have several hours.” Who am I kidding-extra hours with nothing to do?
So, I’m trying to retrain my thinking. I look at even small segments of time as valuable. Can I do a few dishes while I’m waiting for the car to warm up? I may not be in my story enough to create in the twenty minutes while dinner’s baking, but what about editing? These days, I even take advantage of commercials during my favorite TV shows. (Shhh, don’t tell the advertisers I don’t watch them.)
There are so many “productivity stealers.” How about all that wasted time waiting in the checkout at the grocery store? It’s a great opportunity to think through character names or figure out plot twists. In fact, most of the books I “read” these days are audio books which I listen to in the car as I go back and forth to work. That was a whole hour of time I didn’t utilize, but now I get to enjoy stories and keep up with what’s being written in our industry.
My husband likes to say we all have twenty-four hours, and he’s right. I’m trying not to waste the small moments so I can get my books done that much sooner. Whatever you want to accomplish in life can be done in bite size pieces.
Do any of you write your books “a little bit at a time?”