Exciting New Directions


For the past couple of months, life has been pretty damn crazy.  Work has kicked into another gear, requiring my full attention, focus, and mental energy during the day, I’ve been traveling every other week to New York City and Toronto for meetings with clients, and the weekends have been jam-packed with events.

It’s a revolving door; work and social events die down for a few days and I write like a maniac, then I travel and have a busy weekend and all of a sudden two weeks have gone by.

Then I start all over again.

There hasn’t been any consistency, although I guess that keeps life interesting.  And an interesting life can certainly make for interesting writing.

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately about what I really want.  I want to write, that’s for sure.  I want to write more than I have been, to be the person who finds 2 hours a day to be productive as hell and finish projects.  To spend time sitting cross-legged on the floor editing and rewriting until everything shines like a brand new penny.  I want to write in different places, around DC, around the country, and around the world.  I want to write in a coffee shop, on a roof, on the beach, in an airplane.  I want to keep doing well at work – I really do like it, and I love the people I work with – but I want to keep it contained.  I want to work during working hours and turn that part of my brain off when I’m done.  I want to be completely unplugged when I’m not there, because I can’t focus on anything else while I’m thinking about work.  I want to keep up my social schedule, but also learn how to say no.  I want to keep going to the gym 5-6 times a week, but I want to start going in the mornings so I have more time the rest of theday.  I want to travel more, to foreign and exotic places, for extended periods of time.

I’ve been thinking about fun new things to do with this blog.  What do people want to see?  Do they want to hear more about what I’m up to, how my writing is going personally?  Do they want more informational posts?  More positive and uplifting posts?

I’ve been obsessed with productivity hacking and traveling lately, and I’m thinking about incorporating both of those topics here.  Productivity hacking is fun and it keeps things fresh and exciting.  So does travel.  And if you think about it, they often go hand in hand.  When you’re traveling and still want to get work done, productivity tricks are important.  How can you travel in Southeast Asia for a month, seeing everything there is to see, but still write 3,000 high-quality words a day?  Can you write a book in a month, NaNoWriMo style?  Can you keep up the pace for longer than a month, and write 3-5 books a year?

Those are just some of the things I’ve been thinking about.  What about you?

5 comments on “Exciting New Directions”

  1. I’ve been on a crazy kick lately as well, managing my startup business while still holding down a full time job. It requires spontaneity and a lot of effort. It’s also pushed my writing totally to sidebar, which sucks. Once things get more stable (if they ever do!) I’d like to revisit the schedule techniques I was working out for awhile.

    One productivity hack that’s always worked for me is batch work: assigning one night a week to writing your new novel, one to your short story, one to editing your last novel, etc. In my case, the categories are usually Publishing/Film/Blogging/Writing/Animation. Perhaps it’ll help you out, but with all that travel, you may need productivity hacks that give you productive time squished in between other busier hours.

  2. Must be a lot of that going around; between work, my writing business, and life in general, it’s been a whirlwind of going nowhere fast, or at least it seems.

  3. My trick (such as it is) for writing while travelling is to always have a notebook and pen with me. (I’m still learning to use the Evernote app on my phone). Time on trains and planes gets spent writing. Maybe an existing project – maybe my impressions and imaginings about the person sitting across the aisle. That fancifully-considered person just might be a key character for me. Sometimes I can tell that just by looking at them. But pin the thoughts down. They escape too easily otherwise.

  4. I think that if you love your work it is very difficult – maybe impossible – to keep it contained, and you shouldn’t. The work, the people you meet, they way you can inject them into your writing, are interesting: I should blog about them, and of course they will be the dramatis personae for your books too. And I think you should go easy on yourself: 3000 words!!?? 500 good words beat 3000 rushed ones any day. Oh, and I never write about writing. THAT is boring!

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