Let’s face it, life can get crazy and you never know when that craziness will strike. Crazy can come in the form of an illness to either you or worse, your child. Crazy can be moving. Wherever you move, it’s going to be CRAZY! And crazy always hits us around the holidays but such crazy can be good. Learn to embrace the crazy and make it work to your advantage.
This past week I continued to catch up after my surgery and then it happened. Crazy struck my house again! Baby Markey woke up with a fever. Of course all morning plans were tossed out the window while I got her ready to be at the clinic when they opened. Luckily, we were in and out of the doctor’s office in an hour. Once we got home it was medication time and the day of taking it easy on the couch began.
But something amazing happened. In between phone interviews and forcing fluids into my daughter I managed to hit my daily word count and more. Yes, busy me is apparently superhuman productive me. Oh and I managed to cook an amazing homemade stew (who cares if it was in the slow cooker!)
The fact is, when we have less idle time the more productive we are. I experience this all the time. Whenever I have a day with little planned that’s when I get distracted. Suddenly Facebook calls my name or I want to catch up with a great book. The tighter my schedule gets, the more I get done. Yes, it sounds crazy but that’s what embracing the crazy is all about.
This all comes down to setting yourself a schedule. Make yourself accountable for deadlines even if they are set by you. Stick to goals no matter what craziness happens. Use the crazy to motivate you past distraction. Embrace and make the crazy work for you.
Exciting stuff is on the horizon so please read the announcements and find a treat below ☺
WANACon is coming. Catch great speakers and agents during this two-day event. You can sigh up for the 1st, 2nd, or both days and sign up for agent pitch sessions. It’s all online so no matter where you live (like me waving at you from Saudi Arabia) you can attend. For more information, click here.
Due to my surgery, my popular “Writing Moms (and Dads)” WANA International workshop has moved to March. See details below:
Writing Moms (and Dads!) Online Workshop
Date: March 4th, 2013 – April 4, 2013
Description: Plot, character arc, transitions, climax, revise, rewrite, make that deadline, blog, check social media sites, continued education, volunteer for local writing group, read critique partners manuscript, research agents/publishers, read books within your genre, read a craft book and network. These are ALL things that go through writers’ minds on any given day. But what if you had to add: Make bottles, keep up with diaper/Gerber/ formula supplies, feed baby, play dates, bathe baby, wipe up thrown sweet potatoes, shower to get sweet potatoes out of your hair, more playtime, hope for a naptime (for baby, you must write,) read to baby, and hope baby actually goes to bed at the designated time.
For many writers, this is reality. In fact, many full-time writers are made because of a child being born. Some amazing mothers write late at night, around their day job. However you do it, being a writing parent is a challenge but very doable and rewarding. Learn easy self study tactics, time management tips and suggestions from a ten-year freelance journalist, published author and speaker who also has a two-year-old daughter and a high maintenance dog. You can have it all without losing your mind.
Writing Moms (and Dads!) Personal Consultation
Dates: March 4, 2013 – April 4, 2013
Length: Two 45 min. phone consultations. The first consultation will be within the first week of the four-week Writing Moms (and Dads!) workshop. The second will be scheduled prior to completing the workshop.
Description: Take what you learn from the Writing Moms (and Dads!) workshop and get one-on-one guidance on developing the best plan for making you a smarter writer. The first consultation will be a detailed interview followed by a discussion of time constraints. The second will be about developing the best plan for you based off your first consultation discussions. You will also get personalized methods for implementing, testing and carrying out your plan.
Ok…….you’ve read this far so here’s your treat. If you sign up for at least one day of WANACon then you will get my March Writing Moms (and Dads!) workshop for a discounted rate. Please email me at NatalieCMarkey@gmail.com if you qualify.