The biggest obstacle to fantasy writing and getting my book published has been my full time job. When I get home from work, I am too tired to work on my book. And weekends are full of chores and other activities.
But as of July 29th, 2011 I officially became a housewife. I don’t have children yet so there shouldn’t be too much going on to keep me from working on my book. So why haven’t I done anything yet?
I haven’t been completely idle. I have a few websites and blogs that I have to maintain. I have been working on a new website which I will share with you soon. And I keep the house extra clean and cook meals. Even after all that, I still have time to work on my book. So what’s the deal?
My problem, once again, is procrastination. And I just haven’t gotten used to being at home all day. I haven’t found a routine yet so I just do whatever I feel like at the moment. But if I ever want to get my book published then I have to start treating my book like a job, even if it is just a part time one.
Step One – Set aside a specific time for fantasy writing and stick to it.
Step Two – Make sure there are no distractions. Some people like a TV or radio on. If this works for you, then do it. But make sure it doesn’t distract your focus. Sometimes I like the TV on, but I make sure it is in another room so that I can hear it but not see it. I usually put in a movie which I have already seen and one which inspires my fantasy writing creative juices – such as Lord of the Rings.
Step Three – Have everything for fantasy writing ready to go. All the pens, paper, index cards, notes, reference materials, and/or computer files are easily accessible and in one place.
Step Four – STOP PROCRASTINATING and JUST DO IT!!! This is the hardest part to fantasy writing, I know.
Well, we will see if that works. As soon as I finish the new website I am building, I will share it with you… and then I will start focusing on my fantasy writing. (Yes, I am procrastinating again. But I am almost done as you will see next Saturday.)