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Time out to re-focus.

No more excuses.  Today’s the day.  I have just one goal:  2000 words on In Scene, the mystery-in-progress.  I am inspired by Morgan Mandel’s Facebook posts.  Every day, she writes about whether she made her word count or not.  And almost every day, she does it.

That’s because Morgan’s putting her writing first.  Not blogging.  Not working (although she has a good reason for not working, having recently – and sadly – been laid off from her job).  I imagine she has stuff she has to do, but nothing that’s keeping her from making her goal.

I’ve been drifting through the writing work.  Excuses: My real job, for which they pay me real money and lots of people depend on me doing what I’m supposed to do, is demanding.  Reading for pleasure is fun.  I have to exercise or I’ll die.  (Or get flabby.  Flabbier, then.)   My brother’s in Detroit 187; watching it with my finger on the pause button so I can back up in case I see him makes watching TV even more exciting.  And how can I miss my other favs?  Parenthood?  The Good Wife?And that new Chicago Code show… that’s practically research!

And writing-related excuses – you know, those things that feel like writing but don’t really get any word count accomplished:  Revising my cover letter and querying agents for Character-Driven, which has been complete for an embarrassingly long time, seems very important.  Re-writing a couple of short stories so they are tighter, better, and then sending them out.  (If I earn $100 more, I make “active” in the Mystery Writers of America.)  Blogging, too.  It’s so much easier, and every time you publish a blog post, you’ve accomplished a little something, complete unto itself.  What a rush!

Writing a whole long book is lots more work and then at the end, you get the fun of hawking it.  Unsuccessfully.  Augh.  But that’s what writers do.  And it is rewarding, thank heavens, to see the words come together in a way that illuminates the characters and moves the story along, and to put in something sweet or funny that makes the women in my writing group write “ha!” or put a smiley face in the margin.

So, I am recommitting myself.  With single exception of this blog post and the likely need to make coffee at some point, I’ll be In Scene until I meet my goal. Wish me luck.

UPDATE:  Wrote a key scene – word count up by 2,234.  Yay for me!