ROW80,  works in progress

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.

READ  What a Weekend

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…


Linda Nelson is a writer, blogger, daytime worker and student at Franklin Pierce University. Her studies are taking up a significant portion of her time while she finishes up her bachelor degree in Accounting for the intent of acquiring her Masters of Science in Accounting. She also has a diverse degree by the additional business courses added to her curriculum along with some Social Services classes. Linda is a member of the Romance Writers of America (RWA) and Monadnock Writers Group. She is the author of Along Came Neil, a Young Adult Sweet-romance which is the last book in her Wings from Ashes trilogy released in 2013. Linda is working on other romances, but their release dates are still undetermined. Linda lives in Southern New Hampshire. You can reach Linda at her website

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