Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Conquering Fear!


"I believe that anyone can conquer fear by doing the things he fears to do, provided he keeps doing them until he gets a record of successful experience behind him." Eleanor Roosevelt 

Since the last time I posted, I figured out what was holding me back from writing again. What I was afraid of. It's a bit complicated, but let me try to briefly explain.

When I write, or when I'm totally focused on anything for that matter, I lose complete awareness of space and time. This wasn't a problem until my life circumstances recently changed. Over the past year I've had a daily struggle to get out the door on time, even without writing! So why was I afraid to dive back into my novels? I was afraid the problem would get worse. So I avoided writing, thinking that eventually I'd get better at keeping track of time. But over the past few months my ability to manage time got worse. Thus I was even more terrified to start writing again. But I wanted to write!

Last week I found the solution. Voices. Voices coming from my computer. Voices telling me what time it is. Constantly. 

And so I'm writing again. And I'm getting out of the house on time EVERY DAY.
Yay me!

Anybody else ever experience time management issues? How do you cope?

7 comments:

  1. Congratulations, Angelina. I am so happy to hear that you are writing again.

    I feel like I got myself back on the writing wagon last year by actually scheduling time. Using timers and alarms. My phone alarms went off at different times throughout the day, signalling the next thing that had to be done. We do what we need to do.

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  2. I'm so glad you found a solution! Yay for writing again! :)

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    1. Thanks. Hope your writing is going great, too.

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  3. I'm glad you found what works!

    I've experienced something similar. I also tend to, want to, lose track of space and time while I'm writing. But when you have other obligations, you can't always afford to, and for me, even the knowledge that an alarm will go off to suddenly "wake" me inhibits me. I do my best writing on days I don't have to leave the house. I schedule paying work for days that I also have appointments, etc.

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    1. I wish I had days I didn't have to leave the house, but I'm afraid they don't exist. Sounds like you have a great working plan, Marcia.

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  4. I try not to write in the 30 minutes before I have to go to work because I can get lost in the moment, too! Good luck with your writing and congrats on your book up there in the right hand corner!

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