Thursday, June 9
Tonight I'm hosting bunco at my house. So, this morning, I got up, baked cookies, and prepared Chicken Enchilatas. And then I had to clean the kitchen.
My kitchen is tiny. It's small apartment tiny or 60's ranch-style house tiny. Four Hobbit steps and you're through it. One Hobbit step and you're to the other side. So, you wouldn't think this would be that big of a deal.
That was until I noticed how dirty the cabinets were. So, my all purpose cleaner--that had probably been under the sink since the last time I'd had bunco--came out. And forty minutes or so later, my kitchen--including fridge--were once again white.
Was this necessary? Mmmm. No. But sometimes, especially when I'm feeling pressure, I tend to get sidetracked by the tiny details.
My bunco group consists of close family (my daugher, my two sisters, and my mom), and frendmily members--close enough friends that they could be family. Do they care if my cabinets are white? Probably not. Especially because they've seen them in all their dingy glory various times before. So, why now? Why today?
If I knew the answer I wouldn't be the procrastination queen that I am. But, today as I was mopping, I had a revelation--because what else is there to think about when you're mopping?
I do the same thing with my writing.
I am nearing the end of Bix. I know, you've heard that a few times now. But, really I am. I'd say I have about 10-15K words to go. But I keep concentrating on the details--what's the paintball vest look like? What can he put in the pockets?
I know these are important in the long run, but in the short run? In the I-could-finish-the-damn-book run? Not so much. Not as much time as I have devoted on them.
If I let those details go for a few weeks and just pledge to write (like Christi) 1,000 words a day, I could be done with the first draft of my book.
Wow. What a revelation. So, here's my idea. I'm going to write 1,000 words a day and if I get stuck on a detail, I'm just going to stick a CAP alert to remind me to fix it. By doing this, I could hit the end by July 4. And I have five days of vacation starting July 5. Five days of tying up those loose ends and melding the transitions.
So, that's my plan. Ditch the details and write away. I am at 76,400 words today. I'll check in with you next week to see how my plan is working.
And btw--I'm open to any advice along the way.