Even the best laid plans can go awry, and today they did just that. I had planned to add new words, actually finish a chapter, to Garden Variety. I had planned to get another chapter edited on Bethel Christmas Visitor. I had even stretched myself (at least in my mind) and planned to draft up the next post for my other blog, http://faithhopeandinspiration.blogspot.com/.
So what do I have to report to you today? Nothing. Zip. Nada. All I have to offer is my complete honesty. I did not make it to my desk. Oh, I did pop in on Twitter and tweet back to a few of the authors I follow. I did check in on e-mail, just in case a few replies came in from editors I’m waiting on. But that’s it. Not one new word, not one page edited and not even a paragraph drafted for the next blog post I had planned on. Feel free to throw tomatoes, eggs (ouch) and whatever you just happen to have lying around on your desk.
I won’t even waste your time and mine blaming the weather (triple digits!), the cats, a trip to the grocery store, dropping my son back and forth at the train, running my daughter to her library activity. I won’t because I know there are many prolific writers out there that would have gotten words on the page despite all these little time drains. I have one writer friend who calls her sprints of writing ‘bites’. She might take a small ‘bite’ in the morning, write 500 words and then take care of a family matter. She will often come back to her desk for an afternoon ‘bite’ and even a late day/evening ‘bite’. These little bites, like change in your pocket, often add up to a nice ‘chunk of change’ by day’s end. I thought of her today. Could I have managed some ‘bites’ myself, regardless of life’s little irritations?
Yes, I probably could have brought a notebook along in the car, jotting as I waited at the train, the library and the countless other errands I had to run. I don’t know why I didn’t think of it.
At this point I can learn from my mistake. I will keep a notebook in my car for those days (and there are more than I would like) when it seems I’m being pulled in too many directions. And I’ll remember that the only way to eat an elephant, or in my case write a novel, is to take lots of small bites.
So when life’s little annoyances and interruptions throw you off, how do you manage to keep on writing? I’m going to need all the help I can get if I plan to go the distance…and with it only being Day 8 I’ve got a long way to go!