I realise I’ve only blogged once since the A to Z Challenge ended. I have every intention of blogging/writing/whatever, but something always gets in the way. It’s odd, because I was really busy during April, yet because I had signed up to do the challenge, I managed to blog every single day.
I’ve been thinking about this a lot the past few days. I miss writing. I have a couple of writing projects on the go, but I miss the slog of writing big – course assignments not included. I miss my WIP and my characters. Every day, I intend to open up my document and work on it, but every day I don’t. I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s all a matter of priorities. I always have time to feed and dress the kid, I make time for my coursework and basic cleaning because I HAVE TO. If I have a deadline for writing or edits, I get that done, because I HAVE TO. Blogging and novel-writing – not so much. There is no deadline set in stone, so I can leave it until tomorrow. If I don’t blog today, nobody dies, nothing goes disastrously wrong, I just do it tomorrow. Same with my novel. This has to change. To fulfil my dream of having a published novel, I actually need to get off my bum and write a novel.
There are things which will always have to come first – like the kid – but not having deadlines is hindering my performance. So, ladies and gentlemen, *drum roll* I will have a reworked first draft of my current WIP by the 30th August. That gives me three months. Plenty of time if you consider I managed 50k words in 30 days for NaNo 2010. Easy peasy, eh? Now, lets cross everything that my cunning little strategy works.