Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Advice From The Book of Quotes


Since the first of the year my daily to-do list has been very short.

1. Work on my current rough draft.
2. Work on the current rewrite. (That's a different project than the rough draft.)
3. Focus on the current rewrite. Let the others stay in the closet until I'm finished.

This three point list is a lot harder to stick to than it sounds. The siren calls from the closet keep distracting me.

I get stalled trying to decide which one is the most advantageous to work on. I keep wondering if another one would attract an agent more.

Maybe I should work on one that keeps my interest. If what I'm working on doesn't even keep my interest then it's a piece of crap--right?

But what if it has potential? What if it's really good and I can't tell?

Then I should spend some time and energy on it. But is it this one or another one?

My mental debate keeps digging my indecisive hole deeper. Forward progress just isn't happening.

It wouldn't be a big deal if it had only been a two week debate, but I'm prone to this back and forth wrangling. Frequently. And I can work myself into some really good moods.

Which doesn't help with the writing.


Being an author is like being in charge of your own personal insane asylum. ~Graycie Harmon

Uh-huh. Got that one down.

To think too long about doing a thing often becomes its undoing. ~Eva Young

Yeah. Got that one down too.

In desperation I turn to my best source of advise--and get the same thing she tells me over and over again.

"Just pick something and stick with it until it's done." -- Jaime Theler
That would be Number 3 on my daily to-do list.

For more from Jaime Theler see [Bookmom Musings]


L.T. Elliot said...

Ah, Jaime. She's wonderful huh? I waver back and forth too but I've recently forced myself to stick with one project and I'm pleased to see progress. Sure, it might be progress I sometimes hate but it's still progress.
Good luck!

Jaime Theler said...

Wow! I've been quoted! *blushing*

It's good advice, though. I'm pretty wise, if I say so myself.