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I have been good this year, good to others, yet I haven't returned the favor to my writer-self. Can you help me?
I want only five things this year:

1. TIME: I'm every woman... Isn't that a song? I'm a teacher, mother, wife, daughter, sister, friend, and I'm also a writer. Unfortunately, I tend to put the needs of others before my own. What about a special block of writing time? I had one once... It doesn't need to be gift wrapped.

2. SPEED: Before I was published I wrote in a happily manic bubble, pleased with whatever appeared on the paper, and equally pleased to revise. Now that the world is watching I've become self-conscious and frozen. Okay, that's slightly overstated, but you get the picture. Actually, that was really melodramatic... But I DO have a need for speed, though. I want to bust through the over-thinking.

3. COURAGE: On that same idea, please leave me some courage. Courage will help me to slay the devilish editors nibbling at my creativity, and to take back my time where I need it.

4. ENDURANCE: Once I get going things are often as they should be; the story flows, the character takes over, one idea births another, the world is right. Problems arise when fatigue sets in and overuse injuries appear out of nowhere. I don't remember this with the last book. Santa, please leave me a magic formula.

5. BALANCE: None of the previous gifts will work if I don't learn how to balance everything. A gift of balance would be the best gift of all!


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Dec. 16th, 2009 03:16 pm (UTC)
If I could save time in a bottle . . . I think that's a song too. ;-) Wouldn't it be nice if we had the same type of time that Mr. Claus seems to? I mean, he can fly all over the world and deliver presents in one night!

I hereby command you to thaw! No more being frozen. Your work was good enough for publication before you worried about what you were writing and THAT's the you that got published in the first place. Turn off the overthinking and go back to the free writing. =D

As for balance, mabye Santa will give you a Wii Fit . . . it has some great balance exercises. ;-)

You guys are great! Thank you for this blog and for your books.

Edited at 2009-12-16 03:17 pm (UTC)
Dec. 16th, 2009 06:00 pm (UTC)
Oh, can I have some thaw too? This is the first year I've experienced being "frozen" it's not a good feeling!
Dec. 16th, 2009 09:24 pm (UTC)
*Poof* You have some thaw too, Amanda. =D No more freezing you gals. I'm running out of thaw. ;-)
Dec. 16th, 2009 07:41 pm (UTC)
Dear Authorwithin,

That gave me a lump in my throat--in a good way... Thanks!

Dec. 16th, 2009 09:26 pm (UTC)
You're welcome, Robin. And it's all true! =)
Dec. 16th, 2009 09:05 pm (UTC)
Oh tell me about it! There really is nothing like the moment the writing starts to flow, and everything else slips away. One idea leading to another, the characters coming to life...that's what we writers live for huh? These are great wishes, Robin, and definitely attainable!
Dec. 17th, 2009 06:27 am (UTC)
Miss Robin,

If I were Santa, I'd be double-checking the Nice List, finding your name, and getting to your house in all due haste. These gifts are so yours for the taking, dearling. Take AuthorWithin's Gift of Thaw and use it liberally at your workstation.

I'm with you with ENDURANCE. I found that having a good cafe au lait at around four, creating do-able word count goals, and keeping a fire under your butt (due to having no book contract on the horizon) is great motivation for finding a way to have endurance again.

And I'm with you, girl, on the manic speed bubble. That existed pre-Paige, of course. Actually, pre-pregnancy-and-Mommy-dumb-brain.


Edited at 2009-12-17 06:27 am (UTC)
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