My Goal: Finish revising my friggin’ book already!
The road to my goal: 250-500 words on workdays and 500-1000 on my days off.
The sometimes detour when I get stuck: Plot the next book.
It’s Tuesday as I write this and at long last, I’VE GOTTEN SOME WRITING DONE! Maybe I’ll get more done by tomorrow, but if not, I’m happy. Part of the reason I didn’t write was because I took a break to read this great book I mentioned last Wednesday, Eat That Frog! 21 Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time. I probably could’ve read and written, but I’ve been feeling like I needed some organizational help and decided on a small break. The book wastes no time and gets right to the point, so in the spirit of that, I’ll jump right into why I loved it so much.
1. No theories on why we procrastinate. I’m sure it’s interesting, but it’s not critical to solving the problem. After a brief intro, we’re on the road to improvement.
2. The 21 methods in this book are not rocket science. Does that mean I could’ve thought of them all myself and didn’t need the book? No, but once presented, I realized overcoming procrastination is not a superhuman ability. ANYONE can break the habit.
3. You’re bound to find a method you do naturally. This further reenforces #2. Yes, I do have similar traits from a bestselling author. My similar trait? I’m an optimist. I look for the silver lining, view every mistake as a learning experience and care more about the solution than where to lay the blame.
There you have it. Highly recommend. And coincidentally, Kait has started an efficiency blog series. Part one: Embrace the List. Her methods are sure to cross paths with Eat That Frog. Make sure to check it out.
And now . . . Mandatory Reads. Good stuff I DEMAND you give your attention to.
Since there was quite a bit of interest in my mention of Story Engineering ,my first demand is you read yesterdays post on storyfix. 3 Edgy Little Tips to Make Your Story More Compelling. Sure, your story won’t be bad without these tips, but it’ll probably stand out a lot more.
Too many television choices blowing your mind? Then you must read part one of Tiffany A. White‘s series, Summer Fun. I’m fairly certain she watches everything being broadcast today and is going channel by channel to tell you what’s on and what’s good.
Info stuff- Follow my ROW80 progress every Wednesday and Sunday and be here Tuesdays and Thursdays for new posts on me, writing, superheroes, monsters, comics and any other geeky stuff on my mind.