Wednesday, August 18, 2010

AWOL for Writing Priorities

I love my blog and all my blog buddies, but right now my rear is BICHOK first for my current revision. I want to nail this puppy to the wall by September 1.

Why am I so dedicated to my characters and so fickle with the blog? For the same reason all writers should be dedicated: the manuscripts must come first. All else comes second, third, fourth--priorities. My second reason for pushing this through and making it my top priority is that I want to start querying again. My third reason is that I want to move onto another story, one that's been tickling my happy writing soul and it is demanding to be written.

But first things first. First me H/H must have a semblance of completion before I move on.

And I've discovered that all my social networking, while vital to me as a human, does detract from the energy I need to focus on the other side of writing: the business side. I am gearing up for a new year and preparing for the future. Researching agents and publishers, creating spreadsheets for querying and submitting all require time. Again, prioritizing means setting aside something I love until I am finished my task.

I'm sort of going through a mini-withdrawal. So here I am posting about my lack of posting.

How do you prioritize your writing day?


Piedmont Writer said...

Come Sept. 1, I'm on hiatus too in revisions. Like you said, something's got to give and to me blogging is the first thing to go.

Not that I don't love everyone but I can't keep up with everyone else and do my own work at the same time.

Ellen Brickley said...

Take as much time as you need, Christine, we'll be here when you get back!

I tend to blog and read other people's blogs during time that couldn't be spent writing anyway - when I'm likely to be disturbed a lot or when I want to check on dinner every five minutes :)

Christine said...

Piedmont Writer: I know what you mean. I don't want to take a total hiatus, which is why I am on here during a break. But when I am in full one create mode, it's hard to come up with interesting topics other than "I wrote again or I researched agents again." I am planning a few field trips that will be fun so I'll have something more fun to write about soon.

Good luck with your writing push!! I'll be with you in spirit and in the chair performing my own miracles!

Christine said...

Ellen: I do the same thing. Lately, we've been so busy after I finish writing and the chick gets home from school that I haven't had any time. I'm teaching her to drive so that eats up time and is giving me quite a few extra gray hairs.

I am going to try to post on the blog at least once a week--commenting is easier than thinking about what to write LOL.

Good luck to you in all your writing this week!

Talli Roland said...

I always put my writing first over things like blogging. I'm lucky that I have a lot of time, so it's usually not a problem. Usually! I forsee a very busy period coming and I'm not sure how I'll fit everything in!

Christine said...

Hi Talli:

I know what you mean--usually I have a lot of time, but I've been playing catch up for two weeks now. I hope to have a better routine by the first of September.

I hope your busy period is for a fun or great reason :-)

Gwen Hernandez said...

I'm just glad that I wasn't missing a bunch of yours. ;-) I'm back to blogging, but I only do it if it's not in the way of something more important. And sometimes, blogging helps me work through something that's on my mind. I try to read others during down time like eating lunch, or in quick snippets of waiting time.

Good luck with the revisions. I feel your pain. =)

Christine said...

Hi Gwen:

I'm pouring so much of my energy into the revision, the brain cells just aren't functioning properly when it comes to daily blogging at all. I still read and keep up with blogs when I get little snippets of time, but those seem to be elusive as well :-)

But writing, revising and taking care of the writing business must come first. Things might ease up a little now that my August online class moderation duties are drawing to a close for a few weeks.

And good luck with your revisions--;-)

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