My editing cave is a sensory deprivation unit. I wish I'd been inside it during the last six weeks of the November election. Alas, I entered it later, exited for about 2 weeks to bake Christmas cookies, and then dived back in. As I poke my head out now from a two-week stint, I wonder where the Christmas season went. I haven't turned my Christmas tree lights on for day, maybe as long as a week. I haven't taken the tree down, although I know we're now in January.
Last night I threw away dessert leftover from Christmas. Adding up the days in my head made me shudder about the dessert's toxicity, although even then I hated to 'waste' chocolate chip anything.
I looked at the calendar to see whose birthdays were this month. It was the 2012 calendar. I didn't own a 2013. I have not touched my weekly/monthly planner for nearly two months.
A new year dawned while I was editing. I remember New Years Eve. But I have no 2013 plans or goals drafted. I've spent four of the past 6 weeks in my cave, pretty cut off from the world. I can't continue doing that in 2013. I will have a number of edits to go with multiple book releases. I have to learn to stay out in the world while I'm editing so that my business continues on.
It seems a Herculean task. But January is the month for such tasks. It's time I looked at my process and my "Hoarders"-type writing area and got organized for success.
How are you organizing your writing life for success?
Shay Lacy is the author of erotic fantasy romance, futurustic romance, and romantic suspense. You can read more about Shay on her website at www.shaylacy.com.
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