You can say no, Mom

On Wednesday, I told you what I would be writing for the next twelve weeks … well some of it. I also have novel editing to do, and critiquing and preparing my submissions for critique. Oh yes, and writing these fascinating blog posts. What I didn’t mention is what I won’t be doing in my little writer’s world.

The title of this post is what one of my sons always says to me before he asks me to do something for him. Obviously, I have a hard time saying no, and then, of course, I get overwhelmed trying to be all things to all people.

After I listed my goals and the tasks needed to reach them, it occurred to me that something was missing. I needed a strategy for getting to the place where I would have the time to perform those tasks. Part of what we’re supposed to learn in the Creativity Workshop is better time management, so I took my first steps.

I’ve unsubbed from more than half the blogs I’ve been following. Agent blogs are among those nixxed … so if one posts something spectacular please let me know. I’ve also weeded out a few more to which I no longer even remember the reason for subscribing. Rest assured, I stayed subscribed to and will be reading all your blogs, and commenting as often as time permits.

Tweetdeck will no longer be running while I write/edit/critique. I will check Twitter only when I take a break—a real break—not whenever it occurs to me I might be missing the Tweet of the century. But I will do my best to continue ReTweeting the blog posts I feel should be … ideally, from a button on your blog (hint hint.)

I will also, keep my nose out of all the files of unfinished stories that have no use in the workshop or for submission. And I will record any new ideas not pertaining to either of those pursuits in a notebook and/or Word file … and then forget them until twelve weeks from now.

Ahhh! I feel less stressed already.

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30 thoughts on “You can say no, Mom

  1. Bravo! Well done! We can all learn a great deal from the courage and commitment it takes to lighten the load. I’ve learned a lot, though still not enough, about doing this over the last 18 months. More to come from me, but I eagerly await the results of your pruning process.

    Have an awesome weekend, Linda. 🙂

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  2. Haha, this was a great post. I’m looking forward to the workshop, stress and all, but a strategy to get through it sounds like a good plan!

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    1. The last couple days, I’ve practiced staying off Twitter and it’s harder than I thought. I’m so used to clicking over every few minutes. The only solution, for me, is to write on the computer in the guest room because it’s not connected to the internet. I need a muse with a whip, I think. 🙂

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