By Wendy Lawton
January– the month after a glut of holidays and the temporary cessation of work. Anyone finding it hard to get back into the swing of things? Back to reality? I wrote about this a few years back and thought that sharing ideas of how to get back to work might not be such a bad idea.
The Reality of BIC
Nothing seems harder than actually getting down to the work of writing. Writers are constantly alternating between feeling waves of guilt for not meeting writing goals and experiencing a strange euphoria for exceeding that goal. You see the acronym BIC showing up in writers’ advice all the time. It stands for Behind-in-Chair (or something less polite), which is what the quest actually entails. The simple truth is, no writing gets done unless we put our body in our chair and engage with the keyboard. That’s reality.
The Reality of Multitasking
We often think that multitasking–not only writing but also marketing, networking, Twittering, blogging, Facebook-ing, SnapChatting, Insatagramming and, oh, yes, taking care of families, church and household duties–is a new wrinkle in the world of publishing. Listen to what writer Virginia Woolf said in her diary: “I’ve shirked two parties, and another Frenchman, and buying a hat, and going to tea with Hilda Trevelyan, for I really can’t combine all this with keeping my imaginary people going.”
The Reality of Inhabiting our Writing World
In a wonderful article in Victoria magazine (January 2009), Jan Karon says, “When I write, I dive headlong into the work as into a river, where I swim for my life, or, depending on the tenor of the story, float on my back, gazing at the clouds. I inhabit that river for five hours or two minutes, ten or thirty, whatever the day may yield. When there’s nothing more to say or conjure, I make my way to the shore, trying to separate fiction from fact, and get on with the business of living.”
Let’s talk about how we get the actual work of writing done, how we get back to reality including deadlines, interruptions, page counts and goals. So how do you do it? Have you done it for 2019?