I asked myself this simple question. NaNoWrio is over; NaNoHop is over. What should I do next?
NaNoWriMo has been an epic failure. I tried and failed. But I did learn some valuable lessons. NaNoHop was time-consuming. But thanks to an excellent initiative by Raimey Gallant, I am now part of an awesome community of writers who share common goals, getting published and growing their audience.
Novice But Also Naive
As much as I hate to admit it, when it comes to fiction writing, I am naive. Not a novice but naive. I am aware it is the way it is due to my presumption of how easy writing fiction is.
I know little about the publishing world and just a tad bit more about self-publishing (my friend has had his book self-published). I have a few have ideas about marketing but nothing concrete.
I have too much on my plate, yet I am hungry.
For NaNoWriMo, I downloaded Scrivener but ended up writing on Evernote because it was too late to learn how to use Scrivener.
I have a short story that I would like to use as a giveaway but struggle every time I sit to work on the formatting from word to a decent looking ebook.
I have many ebooks stored on Kindle about writing, marketing and building an audience and yet I never get around reading any of them.
I have spent time searching, researching and enrolling for online courses and yet never get around completing them.
As it is self-evident, I have a lot on my plate, but I haven’t gotten around completing any of it.
The Unicorn Of Productivity
Each time I think about getting back to writing, I am distracted back to the list above. I feel worried that I will never get around to the huge list in time. Instead of working, I am worrying. Always.
I have been doing it for years (at least when it comes to writing) and it has got me nowhere. One thing I am definitely not going to do is worry about things I cannot or will not do.
What I intend to do is to uni-task. Do One Thing At A Time. Maybe it is just me. Maybe I am not built to handle 2 things at that same time even though I can.
Uni-Task is my Unicorn.
I know what I need to work on and I will just stick to working on it.I am sure some of you reading this, are also are in a similar situation. Knowing that you have a lot to tackle and to simply not have the time can be frustrating and debilitating.
I wish I could tell you to follow my advice and uni-task, but each individual and the problem they face is unique.
Unique problem requires a unique solution.
For the writers here, how did you tackle this obstacle? What moves you to sit down, focus and get to writing?