This blog is supposed to be about my writing, as well as other random thoughts. Lately there’s been too much random and not enough writing.
The little writing time I’ve gotten in lately has gone entirely to my blog.I haven’t mentioned Write 1 Sub 1 since my post about it in mid-April. Well, I failed for May. I started a short story, but got sidetracked and never got back to it. Now we’re half way through June, and still no progress. I need to get refocused.
I know too much of my time was going into reading blogs about writing and publishing (particularly self-publishing). That was inevitable for an Aspie — as soon as I decided to write, I had to learn everything there was to learn about writing, at least until that phase passes.
Now I’m beginning to see more of the same writing ideas repeated, so I can skim over them. And since I won’t have anything to publish if I don’t get writing, I’m trying to ignore that part of the business for now. I’m forcing myself to comment less too, trying to just use the Like button instead.
I hate to unfollow anyone, because it feels like I’m saying I’m not interested in what they have to say. So I just try to skip anything that’s not immediately relevant (with varying degrees of success).
Of course, these problems are common to many writers. I’ve read quite a few posts on time management for writers, and I’m trying to apply some of the suggestions.
One post in particular got me thinking, a review on Writing Slices of the book The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg. I saw this same book discussed previously on Livehacked. Perhaps the repetition made it sink in.
Bottom line: I need to make a habit of writing daily. The best time for me is probably first thing in the morning, before I check my email and rss feeds. Once I get into those, they suck up all my time. It’s a bit like Parkinson’s Law — blog posts to read expand to fill the available time 8^}.
The good news is Aspies are great with habits. We like routine more than most. The bad news is that changing our current routine is uncomfortable and stressful. I’m going to have to muster up my self-discipline.
What do you think about this? Please leave a comment.
- It’s Okay if You’re Not Perfect (selfpubauthors.com)
- writing habits (shortlittlebits.com)
- Hasarla – Redefined/Refocused (hasarla.wordpress.com)
- Autism Awareness: How to Converse with an Aspie on Twitter (springingtiger.wordpress.com)
- 14 Proven Ways to Simplify Your Blogging and Get More Done (problogger.net)
- Aspirations (piapiumsententia.wordpress.com)