I’m almost half-way through writing the book.
(Just between us I cannot even believe I just typed that sentence).
It took me a couple of weeks to figure out a writing system, but once I did everything got so much easier.
Here’s my book writing system.
Are you ready?
The system that works for me starts with me sitting at the computer.
For me, the computer has to be in the same place at the same desk without any noise around and the same candle burning and a bottle of flavored water next to me at all times.
Then I sit in that spot until I write about 1000 words. I close the computer, blow out the candle, drink the rest of the water and tell myself I’m amazing.
The next day I repeat the entire process (with a different flavor of bottled water) all over again.
Except I throw out about 821 of yesterday’s words and polish up some new ones.
At first I was trying to write super author-like. I would try to use big words and long, flowery phrases and sprinkle my sentences with similes and metaphors.
But everything sounded stale.
So I started fresh and pretended like all of you were sitting next to me and I was waving my hands and laughing and giggling and telling story after story.
One right after the other.
And then? Everything clicked.
Yesterday, I was sitting at the gatehouse about to write word 999, when one of the twins opened the door and strolled in.
“What are you doing, Mom?” she asked me.
I held up a finger, closed my eyes to keep my concentration, typed word 1000 and closed the computer.
“I just finished a chapter that’s due today,” I told her. “I have to turn it in and I’m late.”
She glanced across the table at me with laughing eyes and said, “You are just like me.”
And then she grinned and told me, “I put the PRO in procrastination.”
I almost spit out my sip of bottled water and literally threw my head back and laughed out loud.
“You are so funny,” I told her. “How did you think that up?”
“Oh, Mom,” she said as she rolled her eyes.
“I didn’t think it up. I didn’t have to.” she laughed. “It’s one of my brilliant sayings I got off Pinterest.”
Pinterest. I know it well.
It’s where a procrastinator like me spends hours pinning….
….when they should be writing a book. 🙂
PS Thanks so much for all the sweet words about our dining al fresco post (and yes, one should always remove the silk off the corn before we grill it and you learn something new every day). 🙂
Be sure and stop by Cedar Hill Farmhouse tomorrow to see her outdoor dining post.
Happy day rock star. 🙂
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