I have mentioned at least once before about my failure to accomplish my 2017 Author Goals. Why am I failing so much with these goals? There are three main problems holding me back.
- I have too many ideas I want to write.
- I really want to work on new art projects.
- I have so many books to read!
These are the top three reasons I am moving so slowly to accomplish my first published piece. It really sucks because these three problems are simple enough to fix when you really think about it. I spoke with a new friend the other day and it really made me think about how I’m failing to get my author career moving forward.
When I sit back to think about the novel I’m working on there are several, different ways I can take the story. So far I have managed to type up a couple, short pages for the new book, but that’s it. Months of working and I only have a few, pathetic pages to look at. (Okay, they aren’t truly pathetic, but I’m allowed to be a bit dramatic).
The big problem I’m facing here is sometimes I come up with a great scene but it’s not right. It’s not right because it doesn’t actually happen in the novel I want to write.
The scene might be great, but it’s for one of the other novel ideas I have bouncing around inside my head. I get so angry with myself when this happens. I get mad, end up storming away from my computer, and then I give up while admitting defeat. But here’s the catch: Those ideas I have in my head are usually for novels I plan to someday release. Since there’s nothing forcing me to publish X story by X date, there’s no reason I can’t write more than one book at a time. Heck, even if I had to publish a certain book by a certain date, no one would consider it a problem if I wrote another story on the side. Writing up these ideas will only clear up my mind.
Solution: I need to dedicate at least a couple hours every day to write something I plan to publish. It could be a novel I want to publish soon or a novel I might not publish for several years. But I can’t call myself an author if I’m not writing, right?
Possible Solution to Problem Number Two
I allow my creative mind to be distracted by many thoughts time and time again. These thoughts could be the different ideas for novels I want to write, as I mentioned in the previous problem, or they could be thoughts on different art projects I have dancing in my head.
Since the other part of my career is selling my artwork at ShelbyBoydeArt, it’s not a bad thing to allow myself to be distracted with art projects. (I feel it is much easier to dedicate a couple days to complete a painting rather than the large amount of time it calls to write a novel). My only problem with this is I allow my artwork to overtake my mind so much that I occasionally think about letting go of my writing career. I can’t let that go because I honestly love it so much.
Solution: I should dedicate some flexible time for my artwork. It would be easy to set aside a few hours of my day to dedicate time to get my work finished. The only catch is the time I dedicate to artwork needs to be flexible because sometimes a project I think will only take a couple hours to complete ends up taking days to finish. This means I may have to set aside a whole day or two of the week to be “art days” rather than only setting aside a couple hours.
Possible Solution to Problem Number Three
Not only have I ignored the work I need to accomplish under my author goals, I have also ignored a long list of novels I want to read featured in my Shame Book Tag 2017. The biggest problem I have with this list isn’t the fact I’m not reading. Oh no, far from it. The problem I have with this distraction is the fact that I am reading books I’ve already read!
Yeah, I have a very long list of novels I haven’t read but I continue to read the books sitting on my completed list. It’s annoying, but at the same time if I don’t have a problem with reading another book over and over again then that says a lot about the author and the novel. Reading a book more than once shouldn’t be considered a bad thing, not really anyway. If you love it, then read it!
My biggest issue with this problem is I really want to expand myself to other novels that I might find even more interesting than the novels I continue to read again and again.
Solution: I can continue to read my favorites over and over, but I have to at least get through more novels I’ve never touched. I can’t really open my mind to new possibilities if I don’t try something new.
I love my careeers so I don’t want to force myself to do any of these tasks and risk building up any hatred towards what I have chosen to do with my life. But it’s kind of hard for a person to call herself an author/artist if she doesn’t get any work done to honestly claim that label.
Soon I will build myself a schedule for my work and dedicate my time properly. It won’t be a job I have to clock in to accomplish, and that might allow me to be lazy at times, but it is a job I have to dedicate serious time towards if I want anyone else to take me seriously.
How do you get prevent yourself from getting distracted from accomplishing your goals?