If you don’t read my writing blog, you may not be aware that I am working on a book (or several). I’ve narrowed my focus to this one project with the hope of actually completing something in my lifetime. The thing that hinders me sometimes is that I write things everywhere– on scrap paper or printer paper at work, across several notebooks, in journals, etc. If something doesn’t fit where I am in the writing, I write it elsewhere for later.
Since I have a working printer with ink and a “command center” aka desk or designated area to write, it’s been easier. I can empty my purse/ bag of all scraps and notebooks, type it out into a coherent passage, idea or outline, then print a copy to proofread, edit, and arrange into some sort of order with the other pieces. While I’m very interested in getting the scrivener’s software to do this all electronically, this works for now.
Why am I writing about this on my non-writing related blog? Because I learned some things from this process I thought would be useful to remember when I’m seeking to do other things in life besides writing:
•You don’t really need all the things that would make a task easier; you just need to be able to do it. Don’t wait until things line up perfectly to start working towards something. You probably won’t acquire enough, materially or experientially, to completely prepared, anyway.
•Having a plan on how you plan to achieve something makes a difference. I’m more of a pantser when it comes to a lot of things. I thought it would limit my creativity to have an outline to work from, but it doesn’t. I can always adjust and make changes as I need to in the situation. Planning ahead forces you to make your goals clear as well as your ultimate objective.
•Having somewhere to go means you can’t stay where you are, good or bad. You can’t rest on your laurels of past achievements, nor can you stay mired in past failures.
It’s been odd, having my full concentration on one thing. My mind is usually splintered, going a hundred different ways and not getting anything ticked off the list. Concentrating one just one project has given me a lot of clarity of thought. I haven’t become fixated; I’m focused.
What is teaching you a life lesson today? What’s the lesson? Share in the comments below!