I have a confession.
I did not come up with the idea that my writing suffers from procrastination.
Yes, I do procrastinate. Yes, I get bogged down in my procrastination, unable to get anything done due to Procrastination Jam. Yes, I haven’t written even half as much as I’d thought I would during my year-off of teaching (does writing ten pages count?).
In my desperation (what’s wrong with me that I’m not writing?!) I picked up my copy of Writing Romance, The Ultimate Guide on Craft, Creation and Industry Connections, an anthology published by the San Francisco Area chapter of Romance Writers of America. Between its covers was advice from writers I’d loved reading, from Bella Andre and Veronica Wolff to Allison Brennan and Kate Douglas.
In these pages I discovered that I am not unique. My challenges are the same challenges as others—creating and completing a story, developing vivid characters, fear of my writing being rejected.
It was ‘Battling Procrastination—One Day at a Time’, by Sophie Littlefield, that saved my dream of writing. Through a combination of exercises and reflection, she shared how she went from a fairly confident non-fiction writer—that’s me!—to a blocked fiction writer with ‘lives too busy and obligations too great’ to spend time writing—that’s me!—to writing 87,000 words in one hundred days—that WILL be me!
Her secret? Ferret out your fears, face your fears, then write one hundred words every day, no matter what, no matter where you are. . . The key is to make your goals clear and to be your own unyielding boss from hell.
Alright, Sophie, here’s what I’ll do. There are one-hundred ten days until I’m back teaching. For each day, starting today, I will write at least one hundred words on my WIP (Work In Progress–currently titled Swashbuckler’s Noon Delight).
When I procrastinate, because I know I will, I’ll procrastinate by reading another writer’s advice from the Writing Romance anthology.
Contemporary and paranormal romance writer by night, copy-editor and teacher by day, Karysa Faire is still finding her way in life. Loving to read, travel, and explore the human psyche, she is the author of two blogs, Karysa Faire’s Way and Parenting the LGBT Child.