Scrivener made me do it!

Oh, how naïve was I to think that I had my outline all figured out. A good introduction, a Quick-Start Guide, simple household systems, each with their own chapter, simple methods to pare down the unnecessary, and pow, you’re organized. That’s before Scrivener took over. It multiplied my work like throwing water on a Mogwai.

big-mess

Once I got it through my thick skull and learned what all the features are called – outliner view, editor, inspector, and the different levels of folders, documents and text (and much more) – I started putting all my ideas into it and attempting to organize them. Oh look, you can rename the folders, color-code them, make subdocuments, and sub-subdocuments, and sub-sub-subdocuments, make separate outline pages with their own summary pages, and important points to research from the outline, and lions, tigers and bears! I really got super-carried away.

Part of it is letting myself get derailed and not being able to focus, often by not getting enough exercise and rest, and by not trusting my schedule. It’s easy to do when you’re having a “Mom-ADD day’, where you can’t focus on anything more than 10 minutes at a time, because everyone and their grandma is calling you or needs something, and throw in laundry, errands, cooking, and maybe a shower, and well…sometimes, I’m just too tired to come up with a brilliant book layout at 11:20 at night. I let myself be led astray.

If you don’t get enough rest and exercise, it’s much easier to live in the moment rather than doing what you have previously deemed most important when you were in a motivated and rational, rested state-of-mind. Living in the moment is not bad, but setting some limits and doing the important things first is much less painful than trying to play catch-up. Much, MUCH less painful than trying to figure out what the heck you were thinking the last time you were in Scrivener. ????

I guess I need to get back to following my own advice. Coming soon to Amazon! Just let me clean out this email inbox first…

 

Practice being inspired

“I don’t wait for moods. You accomplish nothing if you do that. Your mind must know it has got to get down to work.” ~ Pearl S. Buck.

The universe is not very generous with spontaneous inspiration sometimes, so I’m cultivating it myself.  Being very easily inspired, but also easily distracted by life, I’ve made it a point this week and going forward to watch some great how-to videos and to read books and blogs from successful writers every day without fail for motivation.

I’m about 3000 words into my book, although it’s mostly notes and mind-mapping categorized into chapters. A couple chapters have some good paragraphs so far, and I seem to have found my voice, finally.  You think you’re going to write a certain way when you start out, but you can end up going in a whole different direction!

I think that I’ve stumbled upon a way to present my information that I haven’t seen before, and that’s kind of exciting!  Doesn’t mean it’s not out there, but no one is me or has my exact same experiences, so it might just work.

During the course of my work tonight, I gathered up some great quotes on procrastination that I’m thinking of using throughout the book in the sidebar.  As a “recovering procrastinator”, I love reading things like this to keep me on track.

“Following-through is the only thing that separates dreamers from people that accomplish great things”. ~ Gene Hayden

“Until you value yourself, you will not value your time. Until you value your time, you will not do anything with it.” ~ M. Scott Peck

“I have spent my days stringing and unstringing my instrument, while the song I came to sing remains unsung.” ~ Rabindranath Tagore

And my favorite – (I always thought my dad came up with this…) – “Stop talking  and start walking.” ~ L.M. Heroux

What are you waiting for?