I just saw a terrific post from www.WritingSisters.com about how to be a writer. A dog sat before a computer keyboard, and the caption said “First rule of writing: Sit. Second rule of writing: Stay.” I have to tell my self that lately. I’m beginning to think I’ve developed Adult Attention Deficit Disorder. I’ve been so easily distracted lately it’s driving me crazy. I wonder if it has to do with the weather. Or my allergies. Or my sudden desire to spring clean. My sister/roommate/mortgage partner would scoff, but I have been doing more cleaning than normal. I also have health issues in myself and my family to deal with. I just haven’t been writing as much as I want to, and I need to sit and get words down. (I can’t say ‘down on paper’ anymore, you know…)
There have been lots of words going through my brain. Several stories have been writing themselves up there. Maybe it’s a necessary step before I can get the fingers moving. I have been talking to several people about writing, as well. Hopefully they will spread the word and I will make more sales. I have also been busy learning everything I need to do about setting up this website as a merchant’s page as well so that anybody can buy my books and other items from me easily. I told my sister I might have to start taking night classes at the local college for business administration.
I have also been working through taxes. It should be easy for me after thirty years of working there in the trenches, but everything keeps changing and often the most difficult challenge is trying to figure out if the word they use for something means the same thing as the word you’ve always used for it. This happened at work all the time. Most of my efforts in writing training materials was spent making sure the students understood the language used in the procedures.
You also have to be super organized if you are trying to reference anything that happened in previous years, and unfortunately, my years of too much work and not enough filing have caught up with me, so I’m trying to do it all now. I do at least have some decent software to help with that.
Organization is also extremely important when it comes to writing, even if it’s fiction. I base my Biblical characters’ stories on specific Bible verses, with background details on other research, and it’s vital to be able to look back to the research quickly. I am so glad I spent the necessary money to get a computer that can handle what I’m asking of it.
Wow, my fingers are cold. I’ll have to turn the heater back on. It’s supposed to get warm today, but the sky is still gray and the wind has picked up. It is Texas, after all, where the weather laughs at weather predictions. I’ll go get warmer clothes on and try to warm the house up a bit. I need to get some dishes and floors cleaned, which will help warm me. But I swear I will be writing in my head, and will get back to the keyboard “toot sweet” ( apparently a phonetic spelling of some French phrase meaning ASAP) and get some more moneymakers done.