Invest In Blinders
Yep. I’m convinced that’s the only way. That is, unless someone else has discovered what works. Works for what you may ask. For meeting your deadline, of course. You know, the one that seems to have suddenly closed in on you. Now, those people who are blessed with the gift of organization may disagree with my solution. But for those of us who don’t possess that gift… invest in blindfolds. That’s what my best selling author friend and I have decided.
Oh, and once again to all of you gifted organizers out there, if you are able to keep up with all of this and meet your deadlines too, write me ASAP, okay? That is after you’ve been tested to see if you are human? When you do, contact me and give me step-by-step instructions, please. In layman’s terms only. And as if you were speaking to a child. *smiling* (Seriously, I admire people who really do have that gift. And it is a gift. I can organize, but there is a difference between organizing and being an organizer.)
Now that I have that problem solved. What’s next? Ah, the problem of trying to figure out how to get my MS written. Enter… another friend. She suggested taking the amount of days I had to write my story and subtract the days off I want. Days off? What’s that? Surely she jests. After all, I only have twenty-two thousand words so far, and I need at least seventy-thousand. (70 to 75K, but whose counting.) I have 60 days to do this in. Do I want Sundays off? Yep. Okay, that leaves me 52 days. Now, I take the amount of words I need to write, divided by the days I have to write, and I end up with 1,350 words (rounded off). That’s how many words I would have to write a day to get my MS done. Sounds simple, right? Nope. Life still has a way of tossing in the unexpected. So what do you do? PRAY! That’s what we need to do first, but now what do we do practically? My friend has a great synopsis to work off of. Heavy sigh. For a SOTPser like me that’s not so easy. So, what do we SOTPsers do? Pray some more, and eat chocolate. Wait, no. Don’t do that. You’ll get fat.
Honestly, even us seat-of-the-pansers have an overall idea of the story. So we need to write that down. Then think of internal and external goals and romantic conflicts. Write that down. Ask yourself, what will keep your hero and heroine from getting together. Not something that can be solved with a conversation either, but something genuine. Think of ways to throw the two of them together. Weave that through the short synopsis you’ve written. Then write. Don’t worry about the details, such as what color of dress she’s wearing, what trees or flowers there are, or what a place looks like. If it comes to you without breaking the flow, then write it down, but don’t get bogged down with the details. Just write. Then when you get done with your word count for the day, go back over it and weave those details in along with the five senses. Or layering as it is commonly known as. Before you know it, your word count has risen. There are some days when you’ll write more than the word count goal you set for yourself, which helps when life does throw you a curve and you can’t write that day. So don’t panic. Relax. God’s got your back.
In between writing times, when my synopsis is vague, I’ll plot. Interview my characters, and of course, pray some more. Calloused knees aren’t very attractive, but so necessary. *grin*
The main thing I do is exercise. Gasp! Not that kind. The kind where you actually aren’t sitting but moving around until your heart feels like it’s about to come out of your chest and every muscle in your body aches. I mean, exercise the word we all just love to hear (NOT!) - Discipline. Yep you heard me. Discipline. Discipline yourself to write even when you don’t feel like it. Breaking down the word count does help and makes it less overwhelming.
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