The life you experience will mirror what you notice and focus on. Whether good or bad, it's up to you.
My illustrator provided me a first sample illustration that made me more motivated to complete it. I spent yesterday, putting all the chapter in one document, and formatting it to submission standard. I also cleaned up some of my other stories and I'm working on cleaning up an essay I wrote in my memoir class to be more consistent overall and to meet up with two potential markets.
I guess I am putting off until tomorrow what I could be doing today, related to my novel. But writing is really a moody business. You need to go with the flow of how you feel. This is one reason that I keep lists of scenes I plan to write, because to be able to write every day, you need to have enough emotional variety to match your mood of the day.
Many people think that because I have my husband help me edit, that I don't edit my work, not so. I miss things because I don't tend to be a detail-oriented person, which is why a second pair of eyes is essential. Editing tasks I'm working on with the golf book include:
- checking for a consistent set of features that I use in all the illustrations
- examining paging so that I don't have two sentences on one page before a page break
- checking for consistent POV--I've written half the chapters in present tense and half in past tense
- checking that my check list of content has been included in the text
- matching my plan to the content (chapter names, character names, locales)
- spell check and grammar check
- making sure the reader knows who is speaking
- keeping track of pages and trying to keep chapters fairly consistent
- putting in a table of contents
- starting to outline what I think belongs in an index.
Just one comment I have about Kindle books--I detest Kindle books without an index or table of contents. I'm reading one with a set of chapters and a set of subchapters and the latter were not marked and anytime I flip off page accidently, I have to page through many, many pages to get back to where I was which is very, very annoying.
The teary days are best saved for those scenes where your character is hurting for some day, for instance.
Writer's are also supposed to push themselves to send poems, articles, and short stories out on a regular schedule. I feel pretty pushed because I am challenging myself to write longer, more researched essays and it is taking up more of my time that I could be putting into five article a day or three poems a day or something like that. I think that if I persist with the essay orientation that in the long term it will pay off for a more mature market for my writing. And every time a writer takes on a new writing study to boost their skills, they are slower than normal at first until it becomes easier and easier to do.
I wouldn't be working on these for a few days if I wasn't sure that I could pull together a packet for my mentor, Evelyn Conlon next week.
So I worry about what others may be worried about. But I have worked large, complex projects now for thirty years. I still underestimate my time but I have fourteen pages of a possible twenty ready to go.
Writers that are unable to multitask will have a difficult time if they can't write the next novel while editing previous novels per publisher demands, etc.