Fabulous Author Edie Ramer–and a chance to win Cattitude! Back to Blog
Congratulations to Edie’s winner…Viki!!
Today it is my pleasure to have my friend (and very talented author) Edie Ramer as my guest. Edie and I met online several years ago, and I had the pleasure to finally meet her in person at the RWA Convention in Orlando. She’s a great writers, a truly fab lady, and a woman who has some advice to give today! (She will also be giving away a free download of her new release, CATTITUDE, to one commenter–very cool!)
How to keep your brains from melting
First, I want to thank Cynthia for having me as her guest. I admire her so much. She has a child and a husband, she writes multiple books a year, plus she has copy edits and a zillion other things that come with the job. Yet she does guest blogs and interviews and goes to conferences. And when I go on Facebook and Twitter, I see her many comments and retweets, etc., much more than I do.
And she does all of this without her head spinning off. Or exploding. Or melting into a puddle on her office floor, screaming, “No more! I can’t do any more!” (Not her head or her body melting; just her brains.)
That’s the point where I am now, one task away from my brains melting. I’m writing this on Friday, and by the time the post is up I should have my energy back. I’m burned out and had to take the evening off, though I haven’t accomplished more than a fraction of what I’d planned. So what I’m going to do is get tough with myself.
Someone’s got to do it. I used to write first thing in the morning, but somehow my email and blog reading became more important. Assigning myself pages doesn’t work, because I cheat. When I get stuck, I start peeking at the internet, telling myself “just this one email” or “just this one blog post.” Which of course leads to another email and another post and another cute cat video.
Taking a break is sometimes valid, because in the past I’ve plowed through scenes even when they weren’t working, which put me on the wrong track and ended in a lot of deleting and teeth gnashing and whining.
Other times I have computer brain, aka rabbit brain. It’s become the norm for me to hop back and forth on blogs and emails and other places. My mind isn’t used to focusing for too long, and after a short time of serious writing, I have a hard time concentrating. No wonder I’ve thought lately that I might have adult ADD.
I’ve decided to set a time limit instead of a page limit. Every weekday morning, I’ll work on writing new pages or revisions or whatever needs to be done before I open up my email. No excuses! Not even glancing at my email to see if anything important came in overnight.
I’ll do this for one hour. One lousy hour. Or one FABULOUS hour.
Later in the day, I’ll do another hour. Once I get into the internet, it’s like opening up Pandora’s Box, and all the “must write, must revise” tasks become less important than the latest news on Twitter and J.A. Konrath’s latest blog. But I’ll figure out a way to do it, because writing and revising and finishing my books are more important than any of that.
I’m making it my priority. I have to. I’m afraid if I don’t my brains will melt.
What are your priorities?
And don’t forget to check out Edie’s new release, CATTITUDE!
It’s all in the CATTITUDE . . .
After Belle the cat switches bodies with a psychic on the run from a murderer, she wants her perfect cat body back instead of this furless human one. But she doesn’t count on falling in love with her former owner. Or that a CEO and a beauty queen want to use up her nine lives. Now is her chance to prove anything a human can do, a cat can do better.