Getting Back to Writing #ROW80

For the past year I have had trouble focusing on writing and I’ve found every excuse in the book. (Or so I think.)

But then along comes a blog post that motivates me beyond any of my expectations. There are a couple of folks I truly follow. One is Kristen Lamb and the other is Rachel Gardner. It almost seems like they synchronize their posts at times.

A recent post from Kristen talked about writers who may suffer from some amount of ADD. They tend to lose focus very easily. Those are the writers who have multiple projects going at one time. I was one of those a couple of years ago. Now I have two unfinished works to prove it.

Her post about keeping focus was right on.

People who find all sorts of excuses not to write can be contagious and I really do need to steer clear from them.

I have to write every day – even if it is only 200 words. I just have to do it, whether it is this blog or my work in progress or both.

During the last Round of Words in 80 Days I never set a true goal except for finishing Road Salt. That was back in January. Hello, it is now what – July? What is wrong with this picture? Along Came Neil should be done and in the middle of edits right now.

I know it is tough and I don’t know much about writing Romances. But I do know how to imagine how things could go in life even if the story is not realistic. Isn’t that what fiction is all about anyways. It is just a story and a good thing too. I wouldn’t want to be my main character after all she has been through and will continue to go through. Anyways, that’s what creating stories are all about.

Hello Land of Make Believe. Goodbye Reality.

By the way – I can’t stand Reality TV Shows. Give me a Soap Opera any day before you insist that I have to sit down and watch one episode of Big Brother or the Amazing Race.

I watch TV for the same reason I write, to escape reality.

So now that I have taken care of my latest excuse not to be working on my work in progress, I will now follow it with a bowl of ice cream and then get back to work.


J – Keep on Writing 6k words to go to the minimum word count for Along Came Neil. – I can do this – I can do this – I can do this…

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About Linda Nelson

Full-time worker by day and a college student/writer by night. Linda is studying Business Management and Social Services while she works on her Bachelor Degree at Franklin Pierce University. Blogging when she can to keep the writing muse growing. In 2010, Linda broke out into writing with her first Contemporary Young Adult novella, Friends of Choice which she later retitled and re-edited in 2013 to, What Karla Wants. Since then she has published two more Contemporary Young Adult novels, one of which is a Sweet Romance, and published two slipstream fantasy novels. Linda is a member of Romance Writers of America since 2012. Watch for her coming new releases.