Creativity Workshop, Critique, Editing, Fiction, Social Media, Writing

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. Smart idea, Linda. It is so difficult to keep up with everything. After all we’re writers and it doesn’t make sense to let our writing go in order to follow all the tweets and all the blog posts, etc….. As you say it’s overwhelming to try and be all things to all people.

    Time management is a problem for me as well. These past few weeks I’ve been trying to visit my regular blogs as often as I can but I have fallen behind.
    There’s a new story nudging me and I am determined to make sure the writing comes first. I’ll wait to see what next week brings..


  2. I curbed my internet use about a month ago. I’m getting more done and I’m so glad I did. I’m weeks behind in visiting agent blogs, so I don’t know if you’ve missed anything or not. I just checked out Query Shark, though. I can’t go too long without the evil shark attacks.


  3. I think time management is the hardest, cruelest task for writers. It’s one of the reasons I only blog once a week or every other week. Thanks for reminding me, we’re not robots. It’s enough to have our hand in multiple pies of social interaction. The only thing we need to master in the long run is – our writing. For without that…all the rest is moot.



  4. Your plan sounds great, Linda. I understand that urge not to miss a thing on Twitter, too. But, Jane Friedman posts weekly tweets not to be missed, and so does Elizabeth S. Craig.

    You have so much writing that awaits you – in a Woo!Hoo! kind of way. I can’t wait to hear more about it all. Enjoy!


    1. I knew about Jane’s round-up, but not Elizabeth’s, so thanks for the info, Christi.

      Shhhh … I’m trying to forget about “so much writing.” 🙂 Today I have reading and critique, and a family birthday celebration to contend with. Same schedule for tomorrow. And then I have to start researching poetry forms … why on earth did I choose that for my first goal???? 😯


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