Are we fooling ourselves –
or is it just me?
I keep telling myself I’m much more efficient with the more I have to fit into a day, a week, a month. Perhaps it is just something I need to believe so the time I do give to writing doesn’t seem so insignificant.
Obviously, the day job comes first. And with that day job comes nighttime networking events, board meetings and obligatory dinners. So when I do have a few hours some nights to write, I am usually thrilled, focused and productive. Never more so than during the month of February when I participate in New Jersey Romance Writers JeRoWriMo with the goal of writing 30,000 words in 28 days. That’s when the competitive spirit in me comes out – not to beat anyone else in word count, but to challenge myself.
But once that month is over, I’m back to my excuses: 1) I can’t wake up at 5 a.m. every day and be productive at work, 2) I can’t blow off board meetings at night, and 3) I can’t skip “The Bachelorette” and miss the drama.
Now, it’s summer and I love summer. It goes by way too quickly, therefore, I can’t miss weekends at our beach house. Unfortunately, neither can our family or friends. What would be the perfect place to write, reflect, revise and create, turns into lazing on the beach or the porch, starting happy hour at 4, feeding people, and cleaning up. Not that I don’t enjoy it. I definitely do. And it might be kind of rude to disappear up into my bedroom to work on a manuscript or blog while people are sitting on the front porch having coffee (which is what I’m doing right now.)
Clearly, the efficiency argument isn’t working for me. So I have come up with the perfect solution. I must retire.
My fear with that plan is that once I don’t have a million other things to do in a day, a week, a month, I’ll become even more inefficient. What is your strategy?
Maria’s Newest Release:
Dancing in the Sand
An accomplished dance major in New York City, Ava Harrington is pursuing her dream of becoming a professional in a national dance company. But a celebratory weekend in Newport, where she meets the man of her fantasies, has devastating consequences that change her life forever.
Brian Stanhope, a Harvard graduate, poised to join his father’s company, suffers a brain injury in a horseback riding accident, which affects his memory. He has no recollection of his graduation party weekend or the beautiful dancer who turned his head and stole his heart.
When they reunite eight years later, the magic of their powerful attraction binds them together, but the past holds a secret that even love may not be able to overcome.
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