Looking for a New Groove
First things first. If you are new to the writer’s world, this part might surprise you. The business end comes first, which means entering expenses, recording books gifted, sold, consigned and purchased; listing and organizing new contacts and networks; filing conference to-be-remembereds, catch up on correspondence and voice mail, write thank you notes and plan the next marketing strategy. I know, doesn’t sound much like writing fun, does it?
I suppose all writers don’t do these things first. I tend to do my least favorites first and get them out of the way. This also allows me to clear my desk and unclutter my brain. It’s not as overwhelming as it sounds; I use Excel Spread Sheets. I’m most productive when all these things are done and out of the way.
I don’t think this kind of organizing is limited to the writing world. I’ve always used the “first things first” plan in all areas of my life. It’s worked for me with my large family and lots of activities over the years. Without this plan ....
Next, after the first things, happily, comes the writing. I’m eager to get back in my writing groove. I’ve cleared the way for the next week and hope to finish up two works in progress. I mean, how can I sell books if I don’t write them? I’ve blogged about discipline and organization before. This is one of those times I must do as I say I do!
I brought this lovely writer’s prayer home from the conference, written by author Arthur Powers. It’s a good way to start my new groove, don’t you agree?
Holy Family, guide our minds, our hearts, our hands, as we write, speak, illustrate—help our words to live in union with the Word. Teach us discipline and skill to use the talents God gives us. Give us also insight and courage to convey God’s love through our craft, and humility to be open to His divine will, shaping our lives, in loving loyalty to His Church. In Christ’s name, Amen.
Feelin’ Groovy already.