We’re dedicated, excited, motivated writers, right? Determined – even more so after last month’s ice-bucket dunking – to make our deadlines and achieve our goals. We have story boards, plot outlines and projected publishing timelines. We are serious, professional, business-minded women dedicated to take our writing careers to the next level.
Then why is it so easy for life’s little gremlins to rear their ugly heads and distract us?
Okay, so granted, some of those gremlins are unavoidable and do actually make life better. The day job pays the bills (or at least some of them 😉 ), and if you’re one of the lucky ones, you enjoy what you do for a living or at least the people you do it with. Parents, siblings, kiddos, spouse, and various other folks you enfold under your “family” umbrella: they fill our hearts with love and bring happiness and meaning to our lives, but let’s face it, they can all be huge time sucks, bless their hearts. And anyone ever notice how enticing laundry or scrubbing toilets can become when faced with a blank page or worse, characters who simply refuse to cooperate?
And then there’s those damned gremlins that are wholly self-generated. My own personal top three? An addiction to reading, a struggle with depression, and tied for third place – the internet and the television. But you know what the real kicker is here? I know my problems, in fact, I am an expert at berating myself for my own shortcomings, but contrary to the old adage, admitting you have a problem is not the first step. It’s a darn good place to start, but I think the saying needs tweaking, and in my uber-overconfident writer/editor mode, I’m going to take liberties and do just that.
Owning up to your problems and admitting them publicly to people who will hold you accountable for getting your butt in gear and doing what is within your control to fix those problems in the first step. (And trust me world, this group knows a thing or two about holding a person accountable and meting out appropriate behavior-changing punishment when necessary.)
So, here goes…
Hi, my name is Dawn, and I’m an introverted procrastinator with sloth-like tendencies and unbalanced brain chemicals, and I require support – both loving and ass-kicking – to help me:
- Remember to take my meds and stay active, as these are the two best ways to keep my brain balanced.
- Achieve my writing goals first thing every day before life can get in the way and derail my good intentions.
- Limit my reading time to only that which is necessary to help recharge my introvert side and allow me to go forth in the world and interact with others.
(As for my internet/TV issues, I figure if I can put a check mark by the first three, then what the hell … everyone deserves a good vice.)
Back when her twin sons were young enough for daily naps, Dawn Temple took advantage of those quiet moments to pursue her dream of becoming a published romance writer. Sneaking in an hour here and there paid off in 2005 when she sold her first book, To Have And To Hold, to Silhouette Special Edition. She managed to secret away enough time to write and sell the second book in her Land’s Cross series, Moonlight And Mistletoe, but alas, her boys outgrew naps and Dawn let go of those stolen moments with her laptop to enjoy life with her two little guys and her big guy, hubby of 21 years.
But now, as an officially retired stay-at-home mom, Dawn has once again found the time and the creative drive to return to writing, and this time around, she’s set her sights on independent publishing. Her first self-published book, Peace of Heart, is scheduled for release in 2017.