Gotta Eat That Frog #ROW80 Update

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.

How ’bout some flash fiction? Read It Was Always You by L.M. Stull. She does these little stories every Friday and this one’s a favorite of mine. That means it’ll be a favorite of yours.

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.

32 comments on “Gotta Eat That Frog #ROW80 Update

  1. Hey Andrew!

    I bought this book because Kristen Lamb mentioned, and I already order it on Amazon. Now that you said it is exactly what I was hoping for; I’m even more excited to put my hands on it!

    “3 Edgy Little Tips to Make Your Story More Compelling.” made me fell like maybe — just maybe — I’m doing a good job. 🙂

    And “It Was Always You” was great. I’m going to tell L.M. Stull that.

    Thanks for the great post! See ya!

  2. Great post Andrew.

    I have often fallen victim to procrastination, in non-writing areas of life and that books sounds like a good read.

    The flash fiction piece you mentioned by LM Stull is also a favourite of mine. Her Friday Fiction pieces are the highlight of my week. Now its time to go and read 3 edgy tips.
    Keep up the good work!

  3. re: procrastination. There’s a theory that it’s misplaced perfectionism “If you can’t do it right, don’t do it at all!” The theory doesn’t really matter, but if you Only procrastinate in one or two areas of your life, it’s worthwhile, over the long term, to work out the ‘why’.
    Personally, I procrastinate when the work gets hard. Might be feeling like ‘I don’t have time to do this right…’ or “is it worth it?”. And the more you challenge yourself on the last question, the easier it is to ignore the first thought about not having the time. I may have to check out that frog book, too! thanks for the thoughtful post 🙂

    • Misplaced perfection is an interesting theory. To me, it sounds like an excuse we give ourselves to quit. I’m still getting the hang of the methods in Eat That Frog, but what’s important is I’m trying them. Maybe I don’t get them right the first, second or tenth time, but I can tell you after each try, I’m getting better. Eventually, I’ll get it right.

      You’re right on the money about procrastinating when the work gets hard. Me too. And that’s the foundation of Eat That Frog. The author takes it a step further and states the hardest task of your day (The one you’ll procrastinate on) is also the one most likely to propel you towards success in your goals. Sounds like this book is right up you’re alley.

      Thanks for your comment!

  4. Oh first thanks for all the tips in your post. Procrastination? Oh lord, I am allll about that, especially when it comes to editing (I HATE EDITING). Phew, tantrum over. I am heading over to check out Eat the Frog and 3 Edgy Little Tips..

    Oh and thank you very much for mention one of my flash pieces 🙂

    • You’re very welcome, Lisa.

      Eat That Frog is a great book. And if you like the tips from storyfix, the blogger, Larry Brooks, wrote a book called Story Engineering. I’ve started reading it and I really like it so far.

  5. That sounds like a good book, Andrew.

    It looks we have the same “similar trait”. I’m definitely an optimist.

    • I loved it. It goes so fast, you won’t have time to get bored.

      After what you’ve been through the past few weeks, you’d have to be an optimist. I hope it’s getting better.

  6. Thanks for the post! Delay, delay, delay – that’s been my life the last few weeks. Anything and everything but, writing. I am going to Amazon and order Eat that Frog!.

    Hopefully it will whip me into shape!

    • That’s great, Shellie! Another cool thing about the book is you can use as many or as few of the 21 methods as you like. And in whatever order! It fits in perfectly with the “make your own goals” mission statement of ROW80.

  7. Thanks for the blog love, Andrew! I laughed out loud when I read it – you have confirmed it! “My name is Tiffany, and I’m a TV-aholic.” I just hope my craziness can help someone else looking to get their toes wet.

    Great blog post! Good luck with continuing success on your Row80 goals, and I’m looking forward to Kait’s series.

  8. I am SO BAD about putting things off, and putting them off some more…and some more…because that’s a really effective way of solving one’s problems, yes?

    NO. I mean, it’s a valid temporary defense mechanism, but in the long run? No, not good.

    So what I’m saying is, I’m definitely interesting in checking out EAT THAT FROG. Thanks for the recommendation!

    Also, congrats on the writing! *HIGH FIVE* When you finish this book, should we all have some sort of Twitter party? I’m just saying.

  9. Oh man…ANOTHER book for the Amazon wish list! I need a Fairy Book Mother. 😉 And how is it that every doggone week you’re first on the list? That’s dedication, man. lol

    I know what you mean about revising–I revised my first novel a year or so ago. Seemed to take FOREVER! Keep plugging away, you’ll get there. 😉

  10. Haha, and I woke up late today too! But the linky was still empty.

    This revision DOES feel like forever, but hearing everyone’s ups and downs is a big help. Thanks.

  11. Sounds like you’re having a ball, I’ve been tackling the p word myself and deleted a load of time wasting apps from the pda, may check that book out.

  12. I heard somewhere a saying that “Procrastination is the thief of time” and it certainly is. If we keep procrastinating (which we all do) then eventually we will wake up without having achieved our goals.

    I’m a big believer in writing lists too; being organised is not boring, it’s essential and it’s good to have a list/schedule/or a realistic idea to fall back on for those days we feel lazy and possibly uninspired.

    Another great post – keep them coming! xx

    • Thank you, Blossom. I used to do everything in my head, but now there’s too much to do. Lists are helping. Now my problem is I plan too much. I’ll get there.

  13. But-but….the frog, he is slime-ie and has warts!

    😀 Good on you for getting some writing done Andrew! Good luck with the rest of the week.

  14. I use to butt-in-chair method to stop myself from procrastinating. Or the feet-on-floor method- whichever is appropriate.

    No frog-eating for me, thank you. 😉

  15. Notice my day late comment? I did that on purpose..ha j/k. I think I’m the queen of procrastination. I should defintely read that book…tomorrow.

  16. Someone said they had frogs over here… those chocolate hopping Hogwarts frogs? Did you guys eat them all already? Wow, you really *don’t* procrastinate! 🙂 You have converted me. I shall have to check this book out so I don’t miss out on the frogs next time. I’m excited about Kait’s efficiency series, too. I’m on an app kick- but books are good too. Please keep the recs coming! So helpful!

    • Hey, Vicki. Glad the recs are helpful, they’re fun to post.

      Kait’s efficiency series is great. I’ve been using her listing methods along with what I learned from Eat That Frog. It’s not perfect, but I’m getting there.

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