Friday, June 23, 2006
Writer's Boot Camp
I've spent the last 48 hours putting a plan into place to finish my book. Here is what I've come up with. My two precious hours will be spent thus: 30 minutes of walking, 30 minutes of some combination of the following: blog writing/poetry writing/journaling/prayer/meditation and one blessed hour per day for working on my book. (Before I spent the two hours doing whatever struck my fancy the most- which was usually blogging and journaling.) Its not much, but I intend to jealously guard my time. I've also put a support system into place. I've asked my friend Drew, a published poet, (drewdorsey.com) to resume our little writing exercise. He sends me several titles a week, and I make them into poems. I've also asked my friend Barbara, also a published writer, to be my accountability partner and inquire weekly as to how my book is coming along. I'm compiling a list of women's magazines to query about a book exerpt and my story on homebirthing. I've also gathered some preliminary info on the Mexican retreats. I was watching Oprah's show on Monday about her weight loss boot camp. She said something that struck me. She said it doesn't take will power, but simply making a decision and then taking action to support that decision. Thats what I have done this week. I hope it works as well with writing as it does with weight loss.