So, in an attempt to work out what I do with my time (and I know, I have the same 24 hours as everyone else), I have started an Excel spreadsheet, on which I log hours/minutes spent on my 4 areas of ‘work’:
1. My writing class
2. Marking Writers Bureau assignments
3. My work for the children’s charity, The Friendship Project
4. My own writing
And the results are, as predicted: I’m spending more time than I should on 1-3 and not enough on 4! Hmm, so that’s something I’ve got to work on.
But I have to admit, that I’m also pretty good at procrastinating.
Last week, for example, I colour-co-ordinated the clothes in my wardrobe. An essential task, I’m sure you’ll agree and one that gave me a great deal of pleasure (although the first time I tried to find something, it didn’t work. A silver/grey top was with the blacks and whites and I was looking in the purples. *Rolls eyes*).
When I uploaded this photo tonight I noticed an interloper: Someone*’s BLUE jacket has sneaked in and is ruining the pinks. If he’d put it in with the corresponding colours, then I wouldn’t even have noticed! (This could, of course, be his subtle way of telling me that the wardrobe is not all mine).
It’s nearly November – and therefore NaNoWriMo will be happening and I’m going to try to pull up my socks and do that again this year.
If you’re thinking about doing the same and you’d like to write about your experience on the Writers & Artists’ Yearbook website, have a look here .
You’ve got until the deadline of Monday 20th October to get your entry in.
The rewards are not huge (“At the end of the month, the four chosen writers will receive a copy of the Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook 2015 to help them take that next step – editing, and then getting the manuscript published!”) BUT it would be good for your profile (you have to write 6 posts of 600 words and you can link to your own blog and/or Twitter feed) and I think it would be a good motivator – you can’t give up when you’ve got to write about your experiences, can you?! (Hey, I might even apply!)
Here’s what you have to do – but there’s more info on the website, so have a look. “To enter, all you have to do is send us an email at email@example.com, with a short paragraph on your novel idea and why you’d like to be one of the four writers taking part. The deadline is on Monday 20th October at midnight.”
And finally… I have reached 500 followers! Hurrah! And thank you, if you are one of them. It’s only taken 4 years. And so, to celebrate and as promised, there will be a free-to-enter writing competition on here soon, so keep coming back!
*Someone is denying all knowledge, by the way.