A Great Week …

Because…

Have been reading the newest layers of Hacked Apart first draft and marking up areas where more layers are needed and stabilising the facts of the beginning of the story – and I still like the story LOL.  I mark them up on a print out as I just can’t see them on my laptop screen – but I also get Ywriter to read them to me – the voice is somewhat mechanical but it really helps – and I can exercise bike at the same time.

Yoga mat, boots, old bike, rope and diving weights…

There have had to be time gaps between the new writing layers – and the planning of new layers – so that the eyes forget the words and can see them afresh.

It is very unhealthy to stand hour after hour staring at something and forcing yourself to work through it – every time I have done so I have made more mistakes and I feel crappy – plus it is hard for my family when I’m almost embedded in the story words and suffering withdrawal from the actual writing on with the story and unable to see a way forward for the one without the other…

This is week 5 of my  Fit to Write campaign which means Fit to Ride as well of course . This means spending fewer hours solidly on one thing; it means stopping what I am doing to do other non-writing jobs outside or in; it means walking and running; it means taking the time to prep and cook a stir fry for lunch and leftovers for tea or visa versa. It means trying to get over to the mobile home by 7 pm so Mum ‘sees’ me – even if she sees me tinkering with no- consequence jobs and study – like tweaking the website or listening to podcasts – without my headphones on or my back turned…

Since Damon Allen, at Bridport Radio, did the scheduled work for me of Domain Name change for the one blog, Hosting change and SSL Certificates etc I have followed up with investigating the courses and materials I already have that will help me and have  started  looking and listening to them and doing small tasks on the sites and social links – just small things – and ticking them off my list.

It would be true to say I have worked hard to live my dreams all my life and I have always taken chances on improbable dreams – but it hasn’t been true that I enjoyed what I have let my writing dreams become – I have made those gruelling mentally and physically and my habitual solitary nature – which  throve on  aloneness –  has drifted towards sheer isolation as I have collided head-on with, embraced and been engulfed by the new opportunities for Indie Authors.

The SPP guys were talking about ‘Slow down or speed up’ this week and it was pertinent – although I only asked Damon to act for me with the web site work – it ran over 4 working weeks and in that time I just didn’t  settle to work on HA at all – and then I worried about it as I realised how a year off the regular blogging had caused me to forget what I knew  – and that let in the D’s – Doubt, Disappointment, Depression, Disillusion etc etc  but I have got through it be dividing and conquering – daily list of jobs ticked off – and importantly daily  P words – Persistence, Patience and Pleasure at doing so to counteract the D’s – without that the F words – Fear, Fatigue and Failure win and it gets harder and harder to act  with cheer. I slowed down and accepted I needed gaps between work on the draft in progress and that in those gaps I could achieve small jobs which improved everything for everyone around me here – and shift my position and exercise too 🙂

It’s been a good week – lots of jobs done and lots of small wins and some big ones.

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