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New Year Stress

I feel like I lost my train of thought in October and still haven’t found it again. November was all cleaning, little writing. December has been all traveling and holiday preparations. Now, it’s time for a new year to begin and I’m scrambling to get my mind back on track.

Why? Do I LOOK stressed?

Nearly all of my October posts were about editing, literary agents, and query letters.  January will be about major editing. No agents and querying, but a thousand other things are in the works. And, as my friend Kasie reminded me yesterday, I have to write something in the next week for critique group. First chapter of my next novel?

So, yeah, three days left in this year and I’m already stressed about the next one. In some aspects, you can take one day at a time, but in most, you can’t really do that. The business of writing takes planning. I now have certain tasks to be done in a certain order by a certain time.

I’m trying to ignore the actual number of tasks though. Overwhelming leads to inaction. When the new year starts, I’ll keep my eyes down and edit my heart out.

Your turn: Are you winging it with your writing in 2011, or do you have a plan?

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32 thoughts on “New Year Stress”

    1. Someone was talking about all their agent did for them . . . it sounded blissful. 🙂

      Here’s to getting ourselves agents to handle all the nitty gritty business details so we can WRITE.


  1. You and another dear blogger have inspired me to make a plan for my writing projects for 2011. Now I must make the plan. Hm. I make myself laugh, but really, I’m going to make a plan.

    Thank you for an inspiring post. Blessing to you as you pursue your plan…


    1. I just read Amy Rose Davis’ project plan for 2011 and I’m exhausted. 🙂 I’m not nearly that ambitious. I think what I call a plan may be far more vague than what others call a plan. Good luck to you on forming a plan that works for you. 🙂


      1. Linda, LOL. 🙂 I did create an ambitious plan, but there were a few specific reasons for it:

        1) It’s part of my “get over the endless revision loop and just put your stuff out there” plan. I really only did about three rounds of edits on my novella “Silver Thaw,” and it’s getting great feedback. I need to trust myself more. Forcing it into a schedule will help.

        2) I already have the “full-time job” mentality because I’ve been writing for businesses for several years. I just kind of let my discipline slide this last year. This ambitious plan should help me focus on deadlines and production of words.

        3) I’ve realized there are three big factors in indie author success: Decent product, promotion, and number of titles. I write reasonably well, I am happy to promote myself, but I don’t have many titles. I need some titles up there. Even if they’re just novellas, it will be a way to build a fan base.

        I’m a pretty driven, deadline-oriented person. If I don’t have deadlines, I meander too much. I’m all about forcing myself to get some stuff DONE in 2011. 🙂

        Good luck to you!


        1. I understand, Amy. And I noticed Cathryn had no problem listing her goals with deadlines. I suspect you will both accomplish more than I will this next year, but I’m okay with that. 🙂 We each tread our own path.


  2. Great post, and I hope you don’t get too stressed out. I can’t possibly wing it this year. I have deadlines to meet for my contracts and such. However, I do think I’ll be winging other things in my life. I don’t like everything too planned out or I get way too overwhelmed. 🙂


  3. I’ve got the first few months mapped out – after that? Well, will take it as it comes and see how I go. I know I need to get more specific, so that I don’t forget a bunch of things, but I kind of like being organized so it’s more fun than annoying.
    Best of luck for the new year!!


    1. Good luck to you in 2011, Cassie!

      I’m looking forward about three months too. In many ways, I don’t know what will happen after then, so it’s hard to plan anyway. Sounds like it will be an interesting year for many of us. 🙂


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