Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Control, control, you must learn control

So, after a huge debate, I went ahead and enrolled in Holly Lisle's Think Sideways course. What decided me was the fact that I'm starting my second week of reduced hours at work. That means I've had a week with a dedicated 3-hour writing block of time each day behind me. And what were the results? Out of those five days, I only truly had one really solid day of work. The very first Monday. The rest were wishy. I slipped almost immediately into bad habits of opting to check journals, or email, or do my one game of free cell a day, or nap, or other things totally not germane to the job at hand. And this is a job. That's the point of reducing my paying hours. To add in a part-time writing gig, five days a week, that will pay me when I get my novel sold.

So, that brought me back to the course, being offered at time when really, I need a plan. I need a plan I can follow and stick with, and maybe spending good money on this will make me stop frittering around on the internet when I should be writing and writing hard. I can get a lot done in three hours when I'm concentrating. Sigh.

And this has taken me two hours of debating and considering and re-reading what's offered this morning (with a couple hundred words in there of fun throw-away writing), and here I am with my 3-hour block nearly gone.


  1. Wow! That looks so cool! I can't wait to find out how it goes -- and if you think I should enroll in it some day if she offers it again. It looks really useful... and really scary. :-)

  2. Cool! I've been salivating over that course, too, but there is no way I can take that on right now. I would love to hear what you think of it once you're in. Keep us posted.

  3. Yes, I will definitely keep everyone posted on how turns out.