ob·sta·cle[ob-stuh-kuhl] –noun. something that obstructs or hinders progress.
o·ver·come [oh-ver-kuhm] -came, -come, -com·ing. –verb (used with object) 1. to get the better of in a struggle or conflict; conquer; defeat: to overcome the enemy.
So here we have the dictionary definitions of our A-Z challenge O words. As writers how do we feel about these words?
Personally they drive me crazy.
Mixing it up with the A-Z challenge is an overall theme of accountability. Although I’m not sure I’m the best person to be speaking on that aspect. I once told my father I was going to call one of those work from home places. He told me that was something I probably shouldn’t do.
I do have a problem with discipline.
I am a procrastinator.
Yet there is a very ‘cool’ thing that happens when you are a writer. We’ll get to that ‘cool’ thing in a minute. After we figure out how to overcome the obstacles.
Obstacles are different for everyone. Everybody has their own lives. Some people have jobs outside the homes, some have children, husbands, families. Some people have all of those things.
Others have deadlines, revising syndrome,(you know, you can’t quit revising long enough to send the manuscript out!), the I can’t finish it blues.
First you need to identify your obstacles. Identify what stops you from getting the manuscript out the door.
(I promise I haven’t forgotten about the ‘cool’ thing. It’s coming!)
Then you put into motion the overcoming part. Like the dictionary definition says ‘to get the better of in a struggle or conflict.’
One of my biggest obstacles is time. I have a full time job away from my home. Some days I have a long way to drive and spend up to 4 hours on the road. I find it hard to write at night. The creativity doesn’t seem to be there. Now get me up at 4 a.m. and I can crank out some pages.
Some ways I’ve made an attempt to overcome this obstacle are:
2.Learn to write in small segments. Let’s say I get up a little later than I want. I check my email, get my coffee, then look at the clock. Sometimes I only have 15 minutes before I have to get into the shower. I do something with those 15 minutes. I’m not going to lie-it was hard to learn. At first I felt I wasn’t making any sort of progress. But I was. Think on it like this-15 minutes a day for 5 days is 1 and a half hours. That’s more than you’d have if you didn’t do anything. And it adds up.
3.If I’m having trouble with a scene I print out what I have then take it to work with me. I leave it on my desk and think about it when I can. My mind can work on the scene while I’m on hold or if I’m waiting for my computer to do this or that.
4.If I’m at work, and something comes to me regarding my story, I quickly email it to myself. It’s a great jump start the next morning.
These are just a few small things that go a long way when it comes to adding words to your manuscript.
Okay, I think this post is getting a little long, and I really don’t do long posts, so I’m turning it over to you guys.
Oh, but wait—the ‘cool’ thing. Yeah, I did promise that, didn’t I?
Yep, The End. Typing those words is the ‘very coolest’ of all writerly things. I still remember typing those words for the first time over 12 years ago. I remember the feeling and I LOVE the feeling. I can’t wait to FEEL like that again.
Those words are my main motivation for overcoming obstacles and those words hold me accountable.
Now I’ll turn it over to you. What are your obstacles? Have you tried overcoming? If not, what are some ways you can try? Or throw it out to us and we’ll all chime in!
Thanks for having me, Christy! I love your blog!
And remember-Happy Endings Are Just The Beginning 🙂
Thanks for being here, Lindi! What an awesome post! I need to heed every word! Leave a comment to be entered to win Lindi’s debut novel Her Best Catch.
About the Book: Allison Doll’s mother is rebelliously turning fifty, her two best friends have started dating and a gorgeous injured relief pitcher named Ashton Boyd has joined her Sunday school class, rocking her world into confusion, heartache and temptation, places she hasn’t visited in a long time, much less all at once.
But with the help of family, old friends she really hasn’t lost, a new friend she really can count on, and God, she begins to find out whether she’ll always be a girl waiting for life to happen or a woman who’s ready to commit to her best catch.
Lindi Peterson definitely believes happy endings are just the beginning. She lives out her real life romance with her husband in a small Georgia town. When she’s not writing, she loves to read, bowl and spend time with her family. Read more about her at http://www.lindipeterson.com