Sunday, 4 June 2017

Time to Take Stock

Focus. That is what I am always being told to do. I think lack of focus is the catalyst of procrastination.

I've been trying to refocus on my goals, and realised there are just too many. So I decided to focus on one or two. I chose two because I made a commitment to myself and a fellow blogger to post here once a week. The second is that the novel needs to be my primary focus. I might enter a short story comp once a month or so, but the novel is the priority.

And since I made this decision, writing has been more satisfying. the story that has been trying to escape for ages is finally beginning to take shape. It is in the outlining stage at the moment, but I am getting a clearer idea of where it is going to go. This will be much better than my previous stop-starts where I get a few chapters in and find out that I am going in the wrong direction.

I will be blogging more about the outlining process as I go through it with this book. I must say, the excitement I felt at finally writing down a one sentence premise is something I have never experienced before. I know I am on the right track. And thankfully, no one other than my Fiance know what that sentence is. Keeping it quiet is very tough, but I don't want to share it with the world. Maybe when I am near the end, I will.

Today I will be going to the local Police HQ for their annual open day. We go every year. It is interesting though only useful to crime writer's if you can get them to give you some time. It is a very busy event. I will post more on that next week.

If you are struggling to focus, perhaps you have too many things going on at once?

As they say, too many cooks spoil the broth. In this case, too many projects spoil the focus.


  1. Couldn't agree with you more Ingrid, and I'm glad you've found focus. I'm not quite there with it yet, but I am trying.

    1. Keep going. You will get there. And it is hard when you do. If you are anything like me you want quick success. But being true to yourself is the most important!


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