Am I working or merely wasting my time?

As you may have noticed, I just published three books. That’s the good news. The bad news is that that means that I’m out of works in progress, and back to square one, to that dreadful stage that can probably be described as ‘pre-production’. Fair enough, that’s part of the game, and I do have an idea stuck between my ears that I’m currently trying to develop. The problem is that I usually try to maintain a certain routine when it comes to my writing habits, and at this stage the line between working and wasting my time has an annoying tendency to get more than a little blurry, why? Well, because in order to work out a story I have to give my mind a kind of freedom, but if I give it that freedom it tends to wander. If I try to drag it back to what it should be doing -usually kicking and screaming- it just sits there and sulks. If I allow it to go wandering along it doesn’t sulk, but I still don’t get much done.

So here I am, allowing my mind to go where it pleases… and wondering whether I am working or merely wasting my time.

NOTE- for the time being relevant posts such as this one are being crossposted from my new blog, but I’m not sure how long I’m going to keep up that particular practice. Of course, I’ll let you know when/if I decide to stop (as you might have noticed, right now things are in a state of flux)

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One thought on “Am I working or merely wasting my time?”

  1. Hello, Clea. Am slowly making my way through your site and enjoying doing so. Something I noticed when reading your comparison of POD publishers: there is no note of whether or not one may retrieve production files from a publisher, should one want to leave that publisher. Some companies, such as Booklocker, charge nothing; you paid for production, so the files are yours. Outskirts charges a hair under $1000 to retrieve files. CreateSpace doesn’t return your files for any reason whatever. If you want to sell your book outside of CreateSpace, you have to start over and create new ones. My source for these is Mark Levine’s “The Fine Print of Self-Publishing (4th edition).”

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