Just when I start getting to grips with the many writing projects in the pipeline, it is February. I can almost hear the people asking across the ether, “What has that to do with anything?”
It’s all about time.
I have a ‘day’ job. Actually I have multiple jobs as do approximately 5% of Americans (3.6% of people in the UK, and I think the rate is somewhere around 7% in Australia), according to statistics, at least.
One of those jobs is ‘seasonal’ and began at the start of February, so right now I’m busy making adjustments in time management so that I can still keep up with the planning and writing, and blogging, and here’s the thing, the why if you will: I want to keep up with it because, in another life – my ideal life, I wouldn’t be struggling to manage multiple jobs and still have time for writing. I would be writing full time.
My dream, therefore, is to write full time. But why am I saying my dream, and not my goal? What would facilitate the transition from one to the other? What is holding me back from ‘daring’ to say goal and not dream?
The answer is probably something like, ‘intention and action.’ Let’s kick fear and insecurity to the curb for a moment or two, those are two thing that, I think, dog every writer’s progress from time to time. For me, intention and action together are the key to transformation, and the way in which I am already trying to turn dreams into goals… with the aid of Habitica.
I know I’ve mentioned this before, but even in the short time I’ve been using it, it has really helped with time management and wanting to get things done because I’m a sucker for ‘digital’ rewards, and that shiny new sword for my ‘character’ or more gold pieces, or leveling up…
Ahem… I digress.
So, add even more accountability – as if I need more – I am going to post my intentions and goals, and my actions here, so feel free to kick my behind if I ever miss anything. Maybe then my dream will be realized.
My main goal for this year is to get Use’ara’s Harm finished and ready to edit and publish, (finally) The first step it to clarify my planning, which I have set as a goal to do by the end of March. To help with all of that, I’m going to spend the next few weeks, in Friday’s Blog posts, sharing some (but not all) of the outlining I’m doing, beginning this Friday with an introduction to some of the main characters.
I will also continue the progress I’ve made toward blogging regularly, and hopefully in a few months time we can move from three times a week to maybe one or two more. Then there’s The Writer’s Block, which could lead to anything… and Butterfly Raven, and the fan fictions…
Phew… seriously – work just gets in the way!