In theory, I should be a lot further along with the book I'm working on. I want to be further along. I have the whole thing mapped out in my brain.
Despite this, I find myself getting easily distracted with pretty much anything. Some of the distractions are irritating but to be expected (like my goats figuring out where the fence was weakest and going for a walkabout), some of the distractions are dangerous to my waistline (like the delectable peanut butter cookies I made last night), and some are just another example of me having the attention span of a gnat (like me sending my husband links to properties in Ecuador, just in case we ever decide to move there).
One of my colleagues at Booktrope posted a great article on Facebook the other day, Twelve quotes from authors to remember when starting your first book. I'd venture to say that they're quotes all writers should remind themselves of. One in particular that I needed to hear was this:
People on the outside think there's something magical about writing, that you go up in the attic at midnight and cast the bones and come down in the morning with a story, but it isn't like that. You sit in back of the typewriter and you work, and that's all there is to it." - Harlan Ellison
Keeping that in mind, and given that I am so stupidly excited to share my next book with someone other than my dog, I'm going to try to spend a little less time house hunting in Ecuador and a little more time getting that next book out the door. The goats, well, goats just have no appreciation for the literary process, so wish me luck where they're concerned.
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