Thursday, December 11, 2008

how to write a book in 90 days

... is the title of the meetup group i attended last night. it was small, intimate and completely energizing. why do *I* need to know how to write a book in 90 days, you may wonder?

well, because typically it takes me nine months (at least) to write one... once i settle on a project. i have at least five or six novels all languishing, in various stages of development and completion. i would really really like to finish those... not to mention this Other Thing which seems to have a life of its own (17,500 words and counting - and i didn't do much with it yesterday cause i had baby jake.)

but as Beloved says, and i admit, i'm not good at finishing. you're not a Finisher, he says sadly, shaking his head, and i have to admit he's right. staying disciplined, focused and on-task can seem like a monumental challenge.

one of our assignments last night was to keep a daily list. in my case,it's a list of things i'm proud of. so here's mine for today so far (and it's only 6 am!) -

i'm proud i went last night. i dont' venture out much in dark and rain, but something told me i should go.

i'm proud i have a strategy for accomplishing what i want to accomplish today.

i'm proud i honored my writing enough to say "no" to attractive distractors to keep the day clear so i can concentrate on it.

and futhermore, the war must end. blessed be.


Dina said...

good for you! I may need to join a group to get me off my butt

Martha said...

I am proud of you too.
Rock On, Annie, Rock On!
Or should I say, Write On, Annie, Write On!!

Mindy said...

Oh I completely understand about being a non-finisher. That is totally me too! I start lots of different things, then get side tracked into something else all the time. I am really working hard to finish editing my book by Christmas, I've promised the working copy to several people as Christmas Gifts. It gave me an ending date and that seems to help... crossing my fingers that I don't let anyone down!!

Oh! And I have an award for you over at my place ;)

Allison said...

You are the most finishing non finisher I know! (Home restoration, clearing clutter, Fly Lady , etc.) I am thrilled there are meet up groups on "how to write a book in 90 days". I'm going to look for one in my area.Your blog is always so informative...Thanks Annie.