I have no legitimate reason for writing another post today, but acknowledging that it’s one of those procrastinative days when blogging is easier than almost anything else, I’ll just charge ahead.
There’s also no good reason, with NaNo coming up and a novel slogging its way through a third draft, why I should be looking ahead to next year. Maybe it’s another procrastinative device. Anyway. . . (I’ve finally learned to make proper ellipses. Isn’t it pretty?) I need to get some focus in my life and make 2012 more productive than this year has been. Not that it’s been a bad year, not with two novels and a short story finished and published. But it could have been better. I don’t make New Year’s resolutions, but getting a head start on ways to tackle the confusion that is my life is a good lead-up to the year. So, what are some of the things I need to work on?
1. Keep in mind that writing and publishing are the primary goals. The supporting work I need to pay more attention to is promotion and cover design (learn Gimp).
2. Find a way to avoid days and weeks of writing downtime. That means breaking myself out of funks when all I want to do is read, and not necessarily fine literature.
3. Work more steadily at compiling and expanding past blog posts for two nonfiction ebooks. One on giftedness. One on the maverick’s approach to writing.
4. Do more book reviewing, and make more effort to cross-post reviews so they gain a wider readership. Not everybody uses Goodreads.
I could add all the usual stuff about health, good diet, exercise, etc. because when I feel like hell my writing suffers. But I won’t.