How's your summer been?
I've been busy. I've been traveling, and writing, but not feeling the most productive.
I hate to say this, but even blogging takes away from my creativity, probably because writing is what I do for work. So when I blog, which is more work, I feel like my writing quota has been filled for the day and then I seem to meander and putz around when it comes down to actually cranking out words for a REAL book or article. Vicious cycle.
I'm going to make a list of things I've accomplished recently, things that helped me be even more productive, so that I can feel like I have been productive. That sounds garbled, but really, it makes sense.
I love lists and checking those "to do" things off. Absurd. But, hey. It helps me.
1. I finished Camp NANOWRIMO on July 31st, with 50,000 words. I must say, that is pretty good even for me, and though the words are mish-mashed, it's a whole lot better than the first draft I had of the same book, some six years ago. Check.
2. Went on a week-long vacation up to the Oregon Coast to relax, with the family. Not productive. But, a perfect way to reward my 50k words. Check.
3. Did the kids back to school shopping. Wow. That is a huge one, and I already have it done. Check!
4. Have a new work-in-progress just begun, and looks like it will be the work that I have for this fall. I'm liking it too. Check.
5. Closed my Pinterest account and a few other social media sites I never used. I know, this doesn't sound productive does it. But actually, it is. It means I'll be wasting less time, and doing more of what I truly need to do. If only I could get rid of Facebook, I would. I know. I could. But, I'm not there yet ... even though, most days I hate that place. Should be called "Bragbook." I'm guilty as charged, but really ... some people. Facebook might just be one of the worst inventions ever. True, our world is a lot smaller and that's cool. But we people in that world have become more vain, more conceited, and more insecure than ever before because of it. Not good.
Okay, there's a start. Now, make a list of your own, things you need to do to become more productive, and get going. I'm going to limit my blog to about twice a month. Once a week was what I was trying to do, and I can see that ain't going to happen. Like I said, it was becoming a chore. At twice a month, you get quality, not quantity. Which is what I want to be about anyway.
Until August ...