Time to Write

Time Management Woes

As you may realize, this past winter I’ve become increasingly frustrated with my lack of order and productivity. This isn’t new; all my life I’ve refused to be a slave to schedules and To-Do lists — but this has left me with a case of chronic indecision. Bogged down with “Where to start?”

Also, I’ve been a hoarder. Part of my effort to make improvements I’ve already written about: decrease the paper clutter; finish small writing projects. But the bigger projects still await my attention — and zeal. Too many “Started, not finished” projects are like a stone holding your head under water.

This week a book title popped up in BookBub:
10 time management choices that can change your life.

I checked it out and decided to take a chance. I’ve have been working my way through it in the past few days and it’s been nailing me right and left. Addressing issues like why you never get done the big things because of wasting time, indecision, procrastination. Creative people who hop from one project to another. Never finishing — or starting— a project because you’re too much of a perfectionist. Examples of others who sound so much like me. Ouch!

From what I’ve read so far, I can heartily endorse the book. How much benefit I get from it depends on how many changes I’m willing to make in my day-to-day activities. One quote really hit home, citing my prime nemesis:

“Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least.” Goethe

Now I’m thinking specifically of my writing projects sitting on the back burner. The books I’ve written for NaNoWriMo, for example. I can see how lack of accountability and lack of a deadline have stalled me. You could say, “Filling my days with the things which matter least.”

I was once a part of a writing group that met once a week and was a real inspiration to keep working at my writing. I miss that. So I’d like to ask you readers for your suggestions. I’m looking for online writing partners or a group that will add some pressure, some deadlines.

Last night I googled and checked out online writing groups, hoping to find one where members exchange chapters for critiquing. Some beta readers or an editor who will reply in reasonable time and won’t cost this penniless writer a lot of dough. Not a given weekly writing assignment, but feed-back on my WIPs. (By e-mail; no Facebook, Yahoo groups or Skype.)

I’m hoping to find a few critique partners somewhat on my own wavelength. I’m happy to give feedback on others’ writing but don’t want to have to read ten zombi and/or horror chapters a week just to get feedback for my own mild tales. (Been there, done that once.)

Any suggestions? Anyone interested in reading and critiquing, sharing WIP projects? If so, please leave a comment, or email me at christinevanceg @ gmail.com

4 thoughts on “Time to Write

  1. You make a lot of interesting points. My blog is actually the little self-motivation mechanism I’m using this year. My blog is 12 months of stories, so I’ve dedicated myself to writing 1 short a month for a year. Because I’m an epic stop and starter so I decided to do my own form of NaNoWriMo. I’d be interested in starting a little bloggers writers group.

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    • Thanks for your reply. A blog is great for making you get your work posted. It’s not especially good for receiving specific, honest critique. If a group would get started, members would have to commit to doing an honest critique of all work posted. Could make for long comments; that part would work better by e-mail, methinks. Are you interested in doing that?

      I joined the Friday Fictioneers group and participated for quite awhile, but it’s a 100-word writing in response to a photo prompt. It isn’t about your own WIP. The good thing: people were committed to giving some feedback — though comments were 99% encouraging, no real critiquing done as an editor would.

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  2. I started looking for an accountability partner last year, found one, and then life intervened and we’ve not been much use to each other. I would be interested in swapping chapters of our W(s)IP but could only commit to reading something once a month. I don’t want to over promise and then not deliver.

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