Friday, January 25, 2013

Say Goodbye to Frenzy in Your Writing Life by Judy Christie

Judy Christie
How has 2013 felt for you so far? Have you organized, set goals, and found time to relax and smell the roses? Or have you felt caught up in a whirlwind with no escape? No matter how organized I am—how many calendars, spreadsheets, or lists are made—the unexpected can still step in and wreak havoc on my best laid plans.  But I don’t want to live a frenzied life. Do you? Today on Seriously Write, author Judy Christie shares valuable tips for leaving chaos behind. 
~ Dawn


Say Goodbye to Frenzy in Your Writing Life
by Judy Christie

When I was fifty, I gave myself a book for my birthday: I committed to write my first novel. In the past six years, I’ve had six novels published, am working on edits of the seventh and plotting the eighth.

Whew!

I’m thankful—and always struggling to stay focused and organized. And to avoid the enemy of frenzy.

Since embarking on this fiction journey, I’ve found writing requires a special kind of balance, woven between the other parts of life. As someone who loves to hurry less and worry less (I even wrote a nonfiction series on that topic), I like to take a step back at the first of each year and look for new ways to slow down and enjoy my writing life more. 

This helps me avoid frenzy, which too easily sneaks up on writers.

 Sometimes being overwhelmed is the result of poor planning, and sometimes it arrives through no fault of our own. An illness strikes. A tragedy occurs. The family tangles. Friends struggle.  Some seasons of time are tough, no matter how positive our attitude, organized our schedule or loving our heart.

For many writers, frenzy comes to call more than we would like. It arrives as we work to be published and are anxious when a book debuts, when we seek time to write and have deadlines to meet, as we manage royalty checks and the lack of royalty checks. It sneaks in when we’re tired and when we’re trying too hard and when we take our eyes off what’s most important.

If you, along with me, want to take a fresh look at your writing life and get rid of frenzy, try these tips:

** Remind yourself why you write.

** Write regularly, even if time is short; a few words strung together here and there may add up to your best story ever.

** Don’t be afraid to say “no” to something else to say “yes” to writing.

** Take a fresh look at the Big Picture of your life. Are times of frenzy rare or regular? Do you need to make minor tweaks or major course corrections?

** Identify your next best step. You need not make the entire journey today.

** Just do your best. You don’t have to be perfect.

May you have a great year of writing with little frenzy and lots of fun. I’d love to hear your comments on how you slow down and enjoy writing more. 



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Judy Christie writes fiction with a Louisiana flavor, including “Downtown Green,” book 5 in the Green series of novels, and the award-winning YA novel “Wreath.” She entered the world of writing with her diary at age nine and as the editor of The Barret Banner in elementary school.  She loves primitive antiques, walking in the park near her North Louisiana home and visiting on her vintage green Kitchen Couch.

You can find Judy at www.judychristie.com , www.facebook.com/judychristie  and www.Twitter.com/judypchristieFor free tips on how to slow down and enjoy each day, check out her podcast at http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/hurry-less-worry-less/id435253514.




6 comments:

  1. Judy, So glad to see the success that has marked your road to writing. Thanks for sharing some excellent advice.

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  2. Great advice, Judy. I particularly liked the idea that it may not all have to be done today. Sometimes, I find myself believing it does.

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  3. Judy, this is an excellent post and source of encouragement. Thanks! I started 2013 with a slight-major positive change by reducing my work week from 5 days at the day job to 4 days. A major reason was to have a little more time to write. That part is working out. Yea. But then a life bump happened--my geriatric cat having health issues and the subsequent caring for her. So, I'm truly appreciating this reminder that life bumps don't take up 100% of my life even if it feels like it when they happen. Good perspective.

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  4. Thank you for the comments! Hope you're having a very unhurried and unworried day! Doc, I am so happy for you, too, and just used one of your blog posts to help me through a rocky writing bpatch. Elaine, so sorry about your cat. Judy Christie

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  5. Thank you for the advise that hit the spots I needed hit. Hopefully I can keep it all in the correct perspective this year!

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  6. Wonderful words of wisdom, Judy! Sometimes the hardest thing to do is to say no to something worthwhile because it doesn't fit with what I strongly believe I need to be doing--whether writing, spending time with my family, or whatever.

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