So. How did Week One of my Taking Action in August work out?
First learning point – my normal routine is to check my emails before I start work each mornin.
Fatal mistake. Because there is always something interesting on my group forum or professional sites which I want to follow up on – and that is without the personal emails.
And of course while I have the internet open, I have to pop into my pals Blog sites and scan the latest posts. And Twitter is on the same Favourites Bar and…
Well there goes an hour, and generates a string of follow up sites which could be useful to the business or craft elements of being a writer.
But they do not help me create content and realise my ideas on paper = Today. This moment. To quote Lance Armstrong ‘Every Second Counts.’
Change in Behaviour? I cannot recall a time when I received an email before noon which was so urgent that I had to respond to immediately.
New behaviour/habit: No emails before noon. None. Not even personal. If Mr Nina needs me he will phone. Read emails over coffee after lunch.
And I follow up craft and business sites in the evening.
Second Learning point. Sometimes real life intervenes and I lost one morning. The temptation was to simply forget about project two and work on project one all day. No. I have to keep faith for my Crime book. And I was grateful I did because I had an insight I could well have missed.
Third leaning point? The energy of working on two completely different but both character driven books feeds one another so that the time spent is a lot more focused and productive. The output on both projects was actually better than I had expected.
In the meantime. I was delighted that my ninth Mills and Boon Romance Line Book ‘ When Chocolate is not enough’ was accepted and will be released as a RIVA line book in March 2012. I LOVED writing this book and the title fits my chocolatier heroine perfectly.
So. On with the show. The next deadline cometh. LOL