Saturday, August 05, 2006

A very productive day!

I hope you all don't mind me sharing with you, but it helps a lot when I'm under so much pressure to come here and see the wonderful support and encouragement you all are so generous in doling out. Hope that doesn't make me selfish. But...I wrote 24 pages today and I'm VERY happy about that!!!

There was a time when 24 pages was a piece of cake, but the more I write, the more difficult it gets. I'm very hard on myself...want each new book to be better than the last and a lot more thinking goes into the words that make it to the paper now. Which makes me laugh when I hear people comment how a writer gets sloppier as she has more books published. I don't know any writers who aren't like me, fighting for every word to make it the best it can be.

Anyway, I digress...it's just that I have to keep up this pace pretty much until the book is done. So, I'm limiting myself to only going online twice a day. Once in the morning and once at night. I'll be posting progress as I go and hopefully that will help keep me on target. :)

Know I'll be reading your comments at some point, just not throughout the day. They really bless me though, so thanks for sharing in this journey with me.

So, what do you do to help you meet a goal that is overhwhelming you?

Hugs,
Lucy

34 comments:

Maura said...

Wow! Great day! Exactly the opposite of mine where I cannot seem to keep myself on task!

Hmm - I'm usually very good with external deadlines but I sometimes have to come up with a reward for when I get what I have to done -- chocolate, blogging, a new book

Kelley said...

24 pages is great! What a productive day! Keep it up and know that we are here waiting for ya when you are done!
I'm the type of person who can't be late. I'll drive myself crazy to get something done on time. I've never had a writing deadline so I dont know how I'll do with that! Time will tell I guess.

Oh, I finally picked up Goodness Has Nothing To Do With it. I swear, every time I went book shopping it was out but today was my lucky day!
I'll be sending happy writing thoughts your way :)

bluecitybabe said...

Great work!!!Usually I do keep on top of deadlines but this week it has been difficult.Sometimes I've just found myself sat at the computer for hours doing nothing.Yesterday i finally got the kick in the pants that I needed, from my DH who actually TOLD me to go to the computer and work.i've made progress with my story and feel better for it. Sometimes I think we have to look outside ourselves, because though only you can do the work, its nice to know that you're being supported by friends and family too.

Lynette said...

Lucy, you are an inspiration to us all! I don't know what's the matter with me lately, even though it sounds as though I get a lot of writing done, I have two books out this year and possibly a third by the end of it, my writing pace seems to have slowed right down.

I know I'm capable of writing around 6000 words in a day, [not sure how many pages that is] as I did it once for the NaNoWrimo challenge. However, nowadays I am lucky to get a thousand words down.

Yet, I know my work flows much better if I keep writing.

At the moment though, I'm finding there are too many distractions with daughter home from university, son off school and also hubby around more than usual.

I need a writing cabin in the woods!!! LOL.

Lynette

Bonnie Ferguson said...

24 pages is fantastic!!! :)

Jen said...

You know Lucy, I think it's great that you do want every book to get better.
I try not to be too judgemental about published authors, because I know that they have ups and downs.
24 pages is FABULOUS. I can't wait. That means another Lucy Monroe to go get sooner.

Jennifer L hart said...

Good work Lucy, Keep 'em coming! So many people believe writing to be the product of sitting infront of a computer for hours on end, but they don't realize the creative process which is taking place, invisable to the naked eye. Since last Wed, I wrote four pages of a backstory for a new series I'm working on, a four page outline for the first book in the series and a two paragraph and two line synopsis, so if this were a race, you'd be kicking my behind!

Of course I have two kids under age five and my dh travels constantly for work. I have learned to be kind to myself because I've had my 24 page days too and even when I'm not at the computer I'm always thinking on it.

The best suggestion I have is don't over-stress (because we all know you will stress a little) and remember your faithful fanclub is here to help remind you why you do what you do, and so well too!

Anonymous said...

Yeah Lucy! That's a great day indeed!

I deny myself things if I don't sit down and finish my page count goal..that only works if I'm desperate for chocolate!! LOL

Anonymous said...

Than anon is me, Lucy...

Vivi Anna

Cryna said...

Lucy 24 pages is terrific.....and a great day.

I hate being late for anything, and usually end up having time to kill because I have been so paranoid that I end up early for appointments and such.

Susan said...

Congrats on the 24 pages!

Stacy Dawn said...

I'm backlogged month myself. The only way I get through is just to write and trust in the process.

Judy F said...

24 pages is awesome. You deserve a treat.

I tend to get overwhelmed when I have a lot to get done. I try to do small projexts to at least get some feeling of that I got something done.

Hugs

Ali said...

Hi, Lucy :-)
Congrats on the 24 pages...I know a lot of hard work went into it.
When I accomplish one of my goals, I'll be sure to leave a post on how I did it :-)

Estella said...

I just keep at it until it is finished.

bluecitybabe said...

Hi Ladies, I just popped back to see what everyone else had put on the blog and I've come to a conclusion. We all seem to do the best that we can given our circumstances and we are all too hard on ourselves.I say a big well done to everyone today,because achievements are made by you all every day, no matter how small they may seem at the time.

Lucy Monroe said...

Thank you everyone! And Bluecitybabe...you are RIGHT! We do accomplish stuff every day and it counts. :) I like the reward approach to reaching goals as well as the denial idea. AND it always helps me to do something small toward a goal if I can't do something bigger, at least I accomplished something and it feels less overwhelming to take things in small bites.

The hardest thing about being behind on yet another deadline is that it never used to be this way, but I kid you not when I tell you that I've had a major family crisis at the beginning of every new book for more than a year. I don't understand the timing on it, but I'm ready for a catastrophe free time zone. I really am.

Jodie said...

24 pages!!! UGH! On a good day I can to 15 and that's it. LOL And I rarely get good days anymore. Ahhh, the time of uninterrupted writing almost seems like a dream.

Well, I have a huge goal this month and what I did was rope my DH to look after Mia. Uhh, it's only been 2 days and he's struggling already.. *sigh*

Chantal said...

Excellent work Lucy!
I am so excited and honoured to be able to get a glimpse into your life.
I have written a few authors telling them how much I enjoy their work, and you are the only one to personalise a reply. The rest sent a form reply or no reply at all. I don't hold it against the other authors, as I understand how hard it is to reply to every fan while trying to write the next masterpiece, but the fact that you are SO kind to your fans makes my heart swell!
I recommend your books to everyone I know!

Michelle B said...

Congrats on the productive day, Lucy!

My biggest problem when I feel overwhelmed is that I don't know where to start! Usually once I start and make some headway, I feel a lot better:)

Brandy said...

Congratulations on the 24 pages!! Woo-hoo! I find breaking things down into small lists when I feel overwhelmed with things. They seem to help me get the nerve t tackle a big project.

Jodi said...

Great progress!
I didn't get much done this weekend. My youngest daughter is sick with an inner ear infection. I spent 2 1/2 hours yesterday at Urgent Care and then getting her prescription. She's very clingy and not sleeping very well.
So, to catch up, I'm staying up late.

lidia said...

Lucy,

What a great accomplishment!

I hate being late and strive to get things done ahead of time -- instead of in the last minute -- though that doesn't always work.

Brandy, you're on the right track. There's an old saying about "how to eat an elephant -- one bite at a time." Breaking things down into manageable pieces is the way to go.

Nicola Marsh said...

Great going on the 24 pages, Lucy!

When I'm a bit overwhelmed, I resort to the trusty old pen and paper routine. I find that by outlining what I need to do, even the next few scenes and beyond, it makes the whole book seem more manageable somehow.
I alwasy use this method if I hit the dreaded 'sagging middle' too!

Stacy~ said...

I hate deadlines. It's like I resist them, which is very immature, but I hate them.

But Lucy - 24 pages. You rock! Good for you, and we love it when you share.

Maureen said...

I love your books so keep writing. I don't think authors get sloppier but I do think their writing changes as they keep writing and mature.

Kate Walker said...

Hi Lucy

And congratulations on the 24 pages - that's an achievement. Like you, I used to be able to write that much often but it doesn't always work out that way. And I do think that the more you write the harder it gets - it should go the opposite way but sometimes I think 'I've written this before' and I dont want to short change my readers by repeating myself.

I was going to say that the thing that keeps me going is that saying about 'How do you eat an elephant?- One slice at a time' but I see that Lidia (waves to Lidia) has already beaten me too it. But it's a good saying so worth repeating.

Good luck with the next stage of the book - I wish you some crisis free time - a LOT of crisis free time!

Kate

TJBrown said...

I remember when I used to do 24 pages in a day. Since I took in the foster kids, I haven't been able to. But they go home on the first of September and then I am going to hit it hard! Can't wait. And I love whatever you share.
Teri

Marcy said...

24 pages is great, Lucy!

Even though you see only the 24, I know there's a lot of thought behind each word and your brain is going a mile a minute on the story. Try not to be so hard on yourself. You wouldn't have all these people on your blog supporting you if we didn't adore you. *hugs*

Lucy Monroe said...

Jodie...I'm betting dh is soon going to have an even deeper appreciation for you. :)

Chantal...you know I write other authors too and don't get a lot of responses (and like you don't blame them), but I know that when I feel really touched by a book, I want to share that with the author. And I absolutely love when readers share that with me. So, the honor is honestly mine. Thank YOU!

MichelleB...It's like that for me too, but sometimes when you get started, you realize how far you are from where you need to be too. LOL

I'm very much with everyone who likes to break down big goals into small parts...I do the same with my books usually, it's when the small parts are in themselves big goals that I get overwhelmed. ;-)

Hey, Jodi, hope your daughter feels better. Urgent Care is so *not* my favorite place to be. They take FOREVER.

Nicola...I do that too. When I'm really on tight deadling, flying completely blind does not work for me...but those first three chapters are almost always blind. They're when the whole story comes together for me. Not that there aren't surprises along the way. :)

Quick smooches to everyone I haven't mentioned personally. I *did* read your comments - ALL OF THEM - and REALLY thank you for them. The support I find here with my blogging friends is so precious to me I cannot tell you all! I feel so blessed by the readers and other authors who share their time and thoughts with me. :)

Hugs,
Lucy

Melissa said...

Wow! 24 pages is impressive Lucy! I don't think I could ever work from home, but I really need structure. Sometimes I truly wonder if I'm Adult ADD. I'm definitely a master procrastinator.Ü I find breaking up tasks into "pieces" if possible and taking breaks in between helps. Also, organizing everything I need before I get started so I have no excuse to keep getting up. Hang in there and keep up the good workÜ.

Shiloh Walker said...

okay... i love the dancing stick man.

Lucy Monroe said...

LOL Shi...I like it too. It really fit my mood that day as well. :)

Debbie E said...

I don't write as I draw a complete blank even thinking about it but in other things in life, I have learned that the beginning is the BEST place to start and accomplish anything.

By that I mean:

The beginning of the day because you will be spurred on to do more feeling great about what you have done so far

The beginning of the week because this will entice you to set a record for amount of work accomplished

The beginning of the month and so on. It does take discipline but if you can get it done this way, I find you accomplish more than you anticipate you can.

Sometimes it's hard to take my own advice - grin