Some of you that know me in the “real world” or actually read my tweets, know I have been working on (note, not “writing”) a teen comedy book. The relief I felt at actually having an idea for a book after 28 years of squeezing the life-juice out of my brain was immense.
The fact that I now have to sit down and write the thing is HORRIFIC.
I am disgustingly good at procrastinating and am terrified it’s going to take me another 28 years to get the thing finished. I am even more terrified that someone will write exactly the same book before me.
So I am trying very hard to be disciplined and in order to get myself regularly writing more that 140 characters a night I am putting a few things in place.
I have moved my desk into the living room – This may sound like a really stupid idea, especially for someone who has just said how distractable (it’s a word) they are, but being locked in another room away from all forms of media was doing my head in. I felt like I was missing out on the things I enjoyed -namely TV – and was getting irritable. At least now I can be sat at my desk and can keep one eye and ear on my work and the others on the nonsense I enjoy. I have been writing here for a day and already I feel much more relaxed and am enjoying the experience a whole lot more. I should, in all honesty, just grow up a bit.
I have told everyone I know about the book – I have no excuse now to hide it under the bed and forget about it. This way I am regularly going to be asked how im getting on with it and the thought of having to tell people I love that I’ve given up is shaming.
I have enrolled a group of proofreaders – Again, this means there are people waiting to read my work, but these people, as well as being friends, are some of the most honest and blunt people I know. People who wont blow smoke up my arse and tell me it’s great when it’s not. These are people who write themselves, professionally or for pleasure, are booksellers or who have a creative incline to their jib.
I am allowing myself to view writing as WORKING and put it before everything else – Because, most of the time, I really would be better off going home to write and people will have to be accepting of that if I turn offers down. Of course, when I’m a paid up novelist I’ll take you all out.
I am (finally) using my Maykel Cordeiro Nunes designed Moleskine notebook – Because I have to believe my writing is good enough for a premium notebook if I’m ever going to think its good enough to be published.
I’m writing this blog post – Because telling the internet things makes them facts and promises.