Time of Great Forgetting Almost Over…
So many writers (very few full professionals, but a ton of early professionals) just check out of writing and publishing starting in April and sort of return to writing and publishing in middle-to-late July.
Now it has logical reasons. Spring and good weather, family vacations, a ton of other things around the house that just need to be done right now. So all the great intentions of writers in January are just sort of forgotten in April.
Also, for early stage writers, the writing and publishing have not hit a level of importance yet to either them, or their family, to push them through. And the money is still light, which does not help either.
The problem is the returning in July or early August. The writer is too far behind to catch up from all the goals of the year, and thus for a time does nothing, wallowing in anger and self-pity. Which does not help at all, of course. (grin)
Usually by September the writers are back up and writing and learning and focused. Often with new goals set for the last four months of the year.
And then the process starts over again in January.
Professional writers, who have.a work ethic, just go right through this time period without more than a week or so bump. Early stage writers not so much.
So if you got hit this year with the Time of Great Forgetting and are now just wondering what happened, here are my suggestions.
1… Focus on August 1st to restart.
2… Forget you lost time. Can’t fix that now unless you have a time travel machine.
3… Set a five month goal and then monthly goals and then weekly goals.
4… Allow yourself to start slow and build back to speed by September 1st.
5… Tell your family what you are doing and get them to help you stay focused.
6… If you fall off your schedule, just climb back on the following week.
7… Make it a three-part schedule. 1) Writing, 2) Publishing, and 3) Learning.
And most of all, make it all a fun thing to do. Can’t be writing fiction if you are punishing yourself for missing months or making the writing and publishing too important.