Friday, January 2, 2009
Well, I'm obviously beginning the New Year by being LATE!!!! ACK! My son has been here for a long visit and left a bit ago and these sorts of things always bring chaos with them.
I had set myself a goal of finishing a manuscript by the end of yesterday and guess what? I didn't finish. First one thing, then another and I reckon I'd just set myself up to fail. It all started simply enough. I have trusted writer friends and we often email scenes back and forth. Do you have a group like that? Most of us do. Anyway, I've been roughly 20 pages from finishing up when I sent off a scene and the general discussion became...my hero's name needed to be changed. No big deal right? Well, first I searched out Scottish surnames on line and found one I liked. By the time that was done, I did a find and search deal that took care of the change in about five seconds. Easy, breezy.
What I didn't count on was that replacing "Black" with "MacAdam" would cause a whole new set of problems. A black tee shirt became a MacAdam tee shirt. Black hair became MacAdam hair. Can you hear me screaming? LOL. I began to think that NOTHING is ever easy, ya know? Funny. In the act of going back and changing/fixing, I began to self-edit. I know you've done it too. Everything becomes like a giant jigsaw puzzle that had no end in sight.
Now that the holidays are officially over and my self-editing nightmare is resolved, it's back to work. Hopefully, this will be finished soon but if it doesn't happen overnight, I won't stress about it. Stress is for the birds and the world will not end if I don't finish by the self-imposed timeline. How's that for starting the new year off with a calm attitude?
Are you a big goal-setter? Do you find yourself banging your head on the keyboard in despair if you don't make your goals? What are YOUR writing plans for the New Year?