What To Do When Life Happens

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Spring break, a crazy stomach bug, and general forgetfulness have happened over the last couple of weeks putting me behind on happenings here. In addition, it’s almost time for the Writer’s Digest Annual Writing Competition deadline and I’m behind on that as well. The long and short of the theme this week? To quote the white rabbit – I’m late! I’m late! For a very important date!

There is a terrible sense of being overwhelmed when you miss a deadline, or don’t stay on top of the goals you set. On the other hand I find it also fuels a fire deep inside me and drives me forward in a crazy berserker frenzy.

I started a short story quite a while back and have had it sitting on the back burner, not really sure how to end it. It’s been sitting there since prior to my Coppercroft story from back in September, waiting for me to get around to applying some kind of closure for the protagonist. The good news is that even though I haven’t been writing – not here, not on my own creative efforts, not even letter writing, or social media – I have been letting the idea percolate in the back of my brain and I have figured out where the rest of the story is going.

Now the hard part – write it down. Then the editing.

Okay, not so hard, but I am finding that I keep adding extra things to my plate. Things I thought I could balance with ease. And then the unexpected comes along to remind me how very, very wrong I am. And – in my own way, even through all the planning and goal setting and awareness of lists and steps, and you get the idea – I am a natural procrastinator. I will put things off as long as possible to see what else I can squeeze in during the meantime. The biggest issue? I haven’t been burned by this mentality to date. Although, if I’m being honest, it hasn’t exactly paid off either.

I sign off this week with the rest of a short story to write, and a gazillion other things I’ve got looming on the calendar for the day to day family and work life, I’ll have to share how well that goes next week. In the meantime, I’d love to hear about your own battles with missing deadlines and how you deal with the stress of procrastination. Feel free to let me know, either in the comments or contact me directly through the contact page or via email: hsellers@heather-sellers.com

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