So this week I’ve tried to make more of an effort to actually get some writing done. For the most part that’s consisted of tidying up some old notes and doing some edits on the bits and pieces I’ve already got finished (ie: mainly the first two-thirds of A Pocketful Of Secrets), but I’ve also done a little more work on the Shadowman project.
As I’ve mentioned a few times already, one of my biggest flaws as a writer is an inability to stay focused on one project for long enough to finish it. Over the years this has led to a realisation that I get my best results by allowing for distractions and by working those distractions into my workflow. This in turn has developed into a tendency to have a primary project on the go, backed up by one or two secondary projects that I can switch to when my passion for the primary starts to wane. That said, this year almost all of my writerly time has been spent working on the rewrite of A Pocketful of Secrets, with mixed results so far. And so following on from my earlier discussion about the various projects I currently have gathering digital dust on my hard drive I’ve been having a think about which of those I want to take on as a secondary project alongside the work I’m doing on the reboot of Faded Skies.
So following my comments regarding my lack of self-discipline and my need to Do Something About It, I finally got off my ass and did just that. I made a plan, I formulated a technique and I stuck to it. In the last two weeks I’ve managed to train myself into following a simple routine and as a result I’ve actually achieved stuff.
I’m a bad writer. I have all these dreams of ‘making it’ as a successful author and turning what is essentially a hobby into a career but when it comes to the crunch I never seem to get anything done. It’s a problem I’ve been aware of for some time now and I finally realised I need to Do Something About It. But what?