Two months ago I received back the manuscript assessment from Daniel Goldsmith Associates, for my book Juggling Life, Kids and You. If you remember from my post in early October, I was hoping that I wasn’t going to have to make too many changes. I’m pleased to say that results are positive – there’s definitely a market out there for this kind of inspirational parenting book, and in their opinion it will do well if the suggested changes are made.
Although I was really pleased with the report, I haven’t felt motivated to pick up my draft manuscript and make the suggested changes….in two months (and that has nothing whatsoever to do with the quality of the assessment). I know I need to:
- Re-read the report and make a plan (partially done)
- Take one suggested change from the report and start editing, cutting, pasting, changing some of the structure (can’t face it).
- Take second suggested change…and so on.
I can’t wait for my book to be out there as soon as possible, so that I can help and inspire others; however, I’m visualising this as a much bigger task than it really is. So, why is it that I can’t motivate myself to do this perceived mammoth task? Here are some of my excuses (including reasons not to have them):
- I don’t know where to start (I do really).
- There’s no fixed deadline (I should set myself one).
- I just don’t have the time (I can make the time).
- I haven’t got a step by step plan to follow (I should set myself some actions).
The way forward
- I’m going to create clear action points from the results of the critique.
- I’m going to set myself an overall deadline and also mini deadlines – and then monitor them.
- I’m going to get a new, more portable and lighter laptop so I can edit on the train to work.
- I’m going to find some inspirational sayings to motivate me, and stick them on the wall.
- I’m going to write my goal in the present tense (as if it’s already happened) and stick that on the wall too.
- I’m going to tell others about my committment and get them to ask me about it now and again, which will help me to stay on track.
I’ll keep you posted on progress…
What helps you to stop procrastinating on something and just get on with it? Also, have you got any other tips to get me motivated enough to make a start?
Until next time…
- Does a writer need a critique group? (chipmacgregor.com)