IWSG – Hard At Work

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Nothing has gone according to plan. That happens, especially being a writer. You set everything out that you need to do and one thing or another interrupts you and suddenly, you are falling behind.

I recently spoke to another up and coming writer, who felt distressed that they had yet published a book. They were looking at what I had done and felt that I was so far ahead, they couldn’t catch up to me, that it may be too much for them to do.

It’s easy to get caught up in what others do and where others are at, and reflect on how you’re not meeting up to that. I told this person to compare our ages. They were in their early 20’s and I’m in my mid 30’s. I didn’t publish my first book until I was 31. This person has several years to get a book published and still be ahead of me. I think that helped them.

One of things I try to teach other writers is forgiving yourself. You have a plan, and you fail. Us writers… we take it hard. Failure to meet a deadline or fulfill a commitment, and we see ourselves as a failure.

I myself have failed to meet my deadlines. I’m sure others would state that there are extenuating circumstances, as I am disabled and can only do things a few hours at a time, but it still gets to me. I forgive myself. If I didn’t, I would stop writing.

Right now, my blog is suffering, but so is many other things. Only so much you can do, especially with a disability. I am behind on my worldbuilding. I know I said I would be introducing the next part this month, but I have to delay it. I am also delaying the release of my next book. Might even be a delay in when my publishing company comes out.

Something to be learned in the service industry, whether it is in a restaurant or making a video game… it is better that something is delayed than to give out poor quality. The trick is, not to delay it too much. So, my delaying things is because of my head and trying to get my life squared away. I could cut corners and get the other things done, but I rather delay things a little if it means that I can do something of greater quality.

As far as my book goes. I am working on it. I got a cover artist and an editor. I’m planning my marketing strategy for that. I may have to delay my book’s release until the end of July. I’m hoping that it won’t be that long, but we’ll see. At worst, I don’t want any longer than that.

My new business, I do have the domain name for it. http://www.concretedesk.com Couldn’t ask for a better domain than that. Surprised I got it. I am working on a series of books on helping out writers make better characters. I know a lot of books already do that, so I am shooting for something that hasn’t been done, and take my philosophy of this blog as make it fantastic. Once my site is setup, I will divide my blog between this site and that site.

One big announcement is that TVTropes.org has given me permission, so long as I properly cite them, to use their resources within my books about character development. For those who are unaware, TVTropes is an amazing resource that will help analyze a story and understand various element; perhaps even realize something you hadn’t thought about.

So as you can see, I got a lot to keep me busy. I still have options for what I want to do, but the major hurdle is just getting there. However, my first priority is my book, so once my book is done, I can focus on the other things I need to do. Until that time, I likely won’t post much on my blog. I will try though, as I hate not being an educator.

Thank you for all those who have given me support, and remember writers, forgive yourself and move past your failures.

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