Thursday, April 9, 2015

Writing on a Schedule by Terri Weldon

Terri Weldon
Raise your hand if you write on a schedule? Sitting out here in cyber land it is hard to tell if I’m the only person with both hands firmly in lap. While it is embarrassing, I hope I am. That would mean each of you is more disciplined than me.

Even though I struggle with being disciplined, I refuse to give up. After all, there are over thirty verses in the Bible concerning the subject, several in Proverbs. When I read – Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but he who hates reproof is stupid. – Proverbs 12:1 ESV, I thought ouch! Not only do I need to be more disciplined, but now I need to realize that all those tough critiques and rejections are things I shouldn’t hate.  And it is all too true. Nothing is worse than scrambling around trying to finish a project at the last minute. I won’t presume to speak for you, but when I’m in scramble mode I’m not turning in my best work. Plus it is very stressful and I end up feeling like I’ve failed before I’ve even hit send.
            
So this year I’m not blazing any trails, and I still struggle with lack of discipline, but I’m determined to work through the issue. I can either give up and throw the towel in or keep working to overcome. I believe God has created us to be overcomers. He’s already equipped me for the journey, now I just need to utilize the tools He has given me.
            
What about you? Are you writing on a schedule? Have you overcome self-discipline and procrastination problems? I hope you’ll take a few minutes to share with me how you’ve managed to be an overcomer. If you haven’t, share that as well. Either way, maybe we can all learn from each other.
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Misty Winslow is determined to find her prince, and she meets the man of her dreams through an Internet dating service. Or is he, because the new dentist in town also sets her heart aflutter.

It's love at first sight for Tyler Davenport, but before he can finish his first root canal, Misty is involved in an exclusive online romance with Wes99—Tyler’s online persona. How can he tell her he’s the man she’s been waiting to meet, and how rational is it for him to be jealous of Wes99! Soon Tyler's pulling out all the stops to woo Misty.

As Christmas approaches, Wes99 and Tyler both ask her to meet them under the mistletoe. Which man will she choose?


Terri is a lead analyst by day and an author by night. She enjoys gardening, reading, and playing in the hand bell choir. One of her favorite pastimes is volunteering as the librarian at her church. It allows her to shop for books and spend someone else’s money! Plus, she has the great joy of introducing people to Christian fiction.

She lives with her family in Oklahoma. Terri has three dogs – a lovable mutt and two adorable Westies.

Terri is a member of ACFW and OCFW, a local chapter of ACFW. Her dream of becoming a published novelist came true in November 2013 when Mistletoe Magic, released from White Rose Publishing. To learn more about Terri visit her website at www.TerriWeldon.com.



25 comments:

  1. A schedule is something we both need to work on!

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    1. Sharon - you're the most organized person I know. I want to be like you.

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  2. If I didn't keep regular writing hours, I'd never get anything accomplished. I treat it as if it were an out-of-the-house office job--complete with lots of coffee!!

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    1. Sandy - that is smart. Glad you've got a schedule that works for you.

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    2. I need to be more like you, Sandra. I'm very disciplined when editing for clients, but I'm not as good about keeping regular hours for writing. I get distracted by phone calls, friends wanting to get together, appointments, social media, housework, the hubs wanting time, etc. It's difficult to keep a balance.

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    3. Same here, Sandy. But I'm soooo thankful I don't have to leave the house!

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    4. Dawn - do you think the fact that your clients are waiting on your edits keep you on track?

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    5. Dora - if I left the house I'd probably end up shopping.

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    6. lol. Sometimes a little retail therapy is good for the writer's soul. :)

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    7. Definitely, Terri! LOL! I give them a deadline when I'll have the work back to them, and I do anything and everything I have to in order to meet or surpass their expectations. I need to treat my own work the same way. It's just as important. ;-)

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    8. Yes! I know we can do it.

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  3. Terri, Although my eighth novel will be released in a month and there are two more under contract and ready to go, I've always worried about meeting deadlines--yet my life always seems to get in the way of any structured "schedule." So how do I do it? Fear. I'm afraid that if I miss a deadline, I'll never get another contract. I hear stories of writers who miss deadlines all the time, yet never get into trouble--but I look on those as urban legends. I highly recommend fear as a motivator. Thanks for sharing your story.

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    1. Richard - fear is working great for you career wise. :-)

      When I see someone like you, I can't imagine you not getting more contracts. I say that from a reader's perspective. If I were an editor I'd love your professionalism and determination to meet your deadlines.

      The thought of missing deadlines makes me shudder!

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  4. OH how I need to do this! I am not writing on a schedule, which means, unfortunately, that I am not writing at all. Life gets in the way, and day leads into day, and the pen never hits the page. I'm a working mom, a volunteer and Rotarian, a church member and friend. I'm working on my Master's degree, and my husband is getting ready to go back to school next month. Oh, yeah, and we bought a house — we move in seven weeks! So life is just a little busy at the moment. I actually plan to let my stories marinate until the move ... but after that? I. MUST. WRITE. ON. A. SCHEDULE!

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    1. Wow Jessica, you are more than busy, you're swamped. Anything you can let go?

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  5. I keep telling myself that it would be so much easier if I'd do a little every week instead of this mad rush when I have some sort of deadline. Alas, haven't gotten there yet. Making some progress this spring though which is encouraging!

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    1. Totally understand. I'm always doing the mad rush. However, I keep reading how working on our craft daily improves our writing ability.

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  6. Hi Terri, great post. I do not write on schedule...mostly if I have something to get done LOL. Hubs is retired and very needy in wanting to do things with me, even errands, which in itself is a fine compliment. Hugs...

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    1. Tanya, that is the best reason yet to not write on a schedule. Thankful you have a hubby who loves to spend time with you.

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  7. Overcome is my Word for the Year and I really need to overcome the fear of setting a schedule. I'm going back to read your post, slowly, so i won't miss any tips to help.

    Thanks, Terri!

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  8. Angie, you made my day. I'm thrilled you want to re-read the post. You write such wonderful blogs I know you must write great books. So set your schedule and go for it.

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  9. Hi Terri! I'm a reader, not a writer but this article really spoke to me. I set schedules but never meet my goals. I really need to work on this issue.

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  10. Hey, Loves To Read, I totally get you. Obviously I have the same problem, but I keep thinking perseverance is the key. We will get it right one of these days.

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  11. Perseverance. That is a great word my friend. I am still learning to keep a writing schedule. I have to constantly work at this. I need to think what my schedule would be like if I was a pro at writing. If this was my full time job. So many interruptions. But I have a choice. Give in, or write. Giving in is not putting words on the page. And I want to write The End for this WIP. So difficult. But, I will press on! Thanks for the post my friend. Take care.

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  12. Gail, I'm so glad you dropped by! I know you'll do it, you have the perseverance and such a great attitude. Not to mention the wonderful story you're working on.

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