If we were having coffee, we wouldn’t be at my house. I don’t have a coffee machine or a French press or even instant coffee. My caffeine of choice is tea, and I have dozens of tasty varieties to choose from in my cupboard, but if you want coffee we’ll meet at one of the many local cafes in my neighbourhood – Torontonians love their coffee shops!
Once you have your coffee and I have my London Fog (must take advantage of the cafe’s fancy milk frother – I don’t have one of those either), we’ll catch up on the last month, because that’s how long it’s been since I’ve seen anybody. This new year has given birth to antisocial Heather, a rare specimen to say the least. Your jaw drops when I tell you I haven’t left the house for anything besides gymnastics classes in three whole weeks! What’s wrong? Am I okay? I apologize for alarming you, though if we’d been having coffee last week, this would indeed be the moment I burst into tears. But I’ve got it together now. I’m going to be fine. I just need to focus on sorting out my writing life. You don’t understand. What’s to get sorted? I’m writing, aren’t I?
Yes, I’m always writing, but apparently whatever I’m doing is not enough. I decided to write a novel in 2010 and now it’s 2015 and still no novel. Hence my meltdown last week. So I took a good hard look at my process and came up with things I need to change.
The first was distribution of my time. I thought I was writing a lot, but upon closer inspection it became clear that I squander valuable minutes – nay, hours! – feeding my Internet addiction. Writing status updates and tweets does not count as writing! And the plethora of articles I read cannot all be filed under “research”. I needed an Internet Blocker, stat! I blogged about that search last Monday and came to the conclusion that a program called Freedom is the best option for me. And clearly it’s working because I did not see the photos of so-and-so’s new haircut, nor did I take the quiz on what Serial podcast episode was my favourite. In fact, I’ve barely been on Facebook this past week at all. Yay, me!
The second thing I had to address was my aversion to deadlines. That confuses you. I work in television and it’s deadline-deadline-deadline all the time. I seem to thrive on deadlines. That’s true, but the thing about those deadlines is they are set by other people. I have to meet them or I’m in trouble! But I’ve resisted making my own deadlines for the novel because I was feeling out the process and didn’t know how long it should take me to complete each stage. But I finally have a handle on that…
But enough about me. I won’t reveal my entire dastardly deadline plan now since I’m going to blog about that Monday. More importantly, I want to hear how you’re doing! What’s new? What are your plans for 2015? Tell me everything!
If We Were Having Coffee is a blog hop inspired and run by the lovely and talented Diana, over at Part Time Monster. Please drop by her place for coffee. You can also see what other bloggers are hosting a coffee party by checking out her hashtag: #WeekendCoffeeShare on Twitter.