IWSG - February

OK, I will admit it. Our new book Sky Pirates is kind-of kicking my butt. Armageddon was a crazy ride, so much fun, and we had such a tight deadline. We wrote Armageddon as a party favor for the attendees at Dan's birthday party. So, the date was set, we knew the absolute latest we could finish in order to get it to the printer, and we skidded in under that deadline at about 3am. The whole thing went from concept to print in about three weeks. The reworking (aka removal of copyright infringements) and making it ready for actual publication took nine months, because, well.. life.

But Sky Pirates is different. We're writing it with the express purpose of publication. But this time we don't have a solid finish-or-you're-deadline. There's no reason that we absolutely have to finish by a certain date, and I'm having a bit of a time to find the motivation that I really need to settle down and do the work. I'm excited about the book and enjoy writing it, but it's so easy to get myself distracted by things like Co-hosting the A-Z Challenge, or going outside, or you know, life..

What do you do to keep yourself writing when life threatens to derail you?

This post brought to you by the Insecure Writer's Support Group - a bunch of lovely writers who help each other 'rock the neurotic writing world.'


  1. Brandon Ax8:30 AM

    Schedule is what works for me. I know I have time to write and I make myself do it. It was hard at first, but it is working now.

  2. Leanne Ross8:46 AM

    AJ, I wish I knew. I am very derail-able (word?). The best writing experience I ever had to keep me going day in and day out was NaNoWriMo. 2000 words a day...no excuses.

    Now I tell myself I'll wake at 6:00 to crank out a mere 1000 words and I keep hitting snooze.

    Leanne Ross ( readfaced.wordpress.com & @LeanneRossRF )

  3. Elsie Amata11:10 AM

    When I decided to write my book, I was terrible at staying in my seat. I've gotten better since then. I had an imaginary deadline that only made me nervous. So, I tossed it to the curb and promised myself I'd write every day, just to exercise the ol' brain, and several of those days had to be on my book. I think I was just so consumed with having to have it done that it made me not work on it. I know that's crazy sounding but it's true =)

  4. Loni Townsend1:30 PM

    "finish-or-you're-deadline" Love that.

    My husband keeps me accountable with my writing. He asks me how many words I did, or if I've finished whatever I've said I was going to do. Without him, I don't think I'd be able to keep myself on task.

  5. M. J. Joachim3:48 PM

    I hear you, and completely understand.

  6. It's tough when you don't have a definite deadline. That's when you have to give yourself one. Or many small ones. Then you feel like you're making progress.
    And glad you are part of the IWSG!

  7. frodofrog7:59 PM

    Yeah, we've set deadlines, but they're coming up fast and we have a lot of work to do if we're going to meet them. Co-author has been doing a ton of work, I just need to get myself in gear :)

  8. frodofrog8:00 PM

    Thanks, MJ :)

  9. frodofrog8:01 PM

    Ooh that's great. I do love it when others hold me accountable! Glad you have that support :)

  10. frodofrog8:02 PM

    That is totally not crazy-sounding! I definitely get it. Anxiety is a word-killer for me!

  11. frodofrog8:02 PM

    NaNoWriMo was great! Gotta get myself back in that mode!

  12. frodofrog8:03 PM

    That's awesome. I'm glad you found something that works!

  13. Rachel Schieffelbein8:52 PM

    It's so easy to get distracted by life. (Dang annoying life.) ;) I try to find small chunks of time to write, rather than waiting for big chunks. :) Good luck! One way or another, you'll get it done.

  14. Shell Flower6:44 AM

    Time is always too short. I posted about the same issue. Most successful writers write at the same time every day no matter what. I'm with you, though, it's often tempting just to go outside.


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