Recently I wrote myself into a corner. A brick corner. A brick corner reinforced with steel and concrete. I used it as an excuse not to write and instead I focused on other aspects of writing. Which I suppose is better than eating cupcakes and watching SVU reruns all day. But then I realized something: SVU is an amazing show. But all jokes aside, while I was busy doing other things, I was essentially putting my cart before my horse. I just needed to sit down and write. Today I did that and managed to get out a little over 600 words. And they weren’t crap! So here’s a list of things I won’t be focusing on as much:
- This Blog. Just kidding, I love this thing. What I don’t love is trying to force myself to adhere to a Monday-Wednesday-Friday schedule. Sometimes life gets in the way. Sometimes I just don’t have anything to report. Also, being funny can be very taxing. I don’t wanna waste all the funny.
- Social Networking. I’m keeping my facebook; don’t wanna disappoint the whopping 23 people that “Liked” me on there. Also keeping Twitter because having my account suspended (unnecessarily) every other week is something I live for. However, I don’t think I’ll be spending as much time at World Literary Cafe (even though it’s the best thing to happen to authors since laptops) and I won’t be signing up for LinkedIn or Klout just yet.
- Fretting Over a Title. Seriously, I’m only about a third of the way done with the first draft of my novel. The title is not important right now, finishing the novel is. (Even though I am really starting to like the working title…dammit there I go again.)
- Fretting Over Book Cover Art. Scroll up a few lines. See what I wrote there about the title? Applies here too. (Gotta spread the funny where you can, ya know?)
- Learning Stuff. Ok, that’s not entirely true. I still want to learn how to be a better writer. But I don’t need to learn that much about publishing options and marketing strategies right now. These things are still important, but I need to have a finished product before I can act on anything I learn. And who knows? The industry may continue to evolve and the plan I started to formulate might be antiquated or obselete next year.
- Editing. I have a thing for editing. *Cue collective Gasp* It’s true. I keep going backwards to search out passive voice, unnecessary adverbs, and vague descriptions. If I keep this up, I’ll never finish my novel. But I’ll have the most beautiful, most polished 1/3 of a book you people have ever seen, dammit!
- Requesting Beta Readers. If there’s anything that screams “cart before horse,” its requesting the advice of a beta reader before your novel is finished. In my defense, this individual is also writing a novel and I offered to read for him and we worked out an arrangement where were going to swap chapter for chapter. His work is finished, mine is not. so the arrangement was obviously for my benefit. In regards to my first chapter, he offered very good advice, but some of his insight I refused to accept because he hadn’t read the remaining chapters. Of course this was through no fault of his, but I think its better that I not ask for critiques until the damn thing is done. (You can find him over at In and Out of Place, by the way.)
So there you have it. I’ve gotta focus on writing. So this is me, holding a carrot out, and coaxing my horse back in front of my cart. Wish me luck and hit up the comments section.