You know it is not going to be a good day when your horoscope says :
"You're uncharacteristically scatterbrained at the moment, and you can't seem to remember even the most trivial of things. Stop for a minute and give yourself time to adjust to this new sensation of confusion. You have the feeling you might just lose your head if it weren't attached to you right now. It won't last forever, but it might last long enough to frustrate you thoroughly. You might want to start writing things down so you can at least remember where you put things."
This is not how I want to endure my day! What a kooky day! What does this even mean? Well, for me, let me break it down.
1. You are going to not be able to find clean clothes today.
2. You forgot to buy milk for cereal.
3. You have to scrape your car today (GOOD LORD! THERE'S ICE ON MY CAR!)
4. You may discover that your job would be much easier if you remembered to run the edit for the invoices BEFORE you tried to post.
5. You MEANT to go another way home, but your car is fixated on your usual route.
Maybe by the time I finally get home, get my laptop turned on, get my tired weary feet under a blanket and nice and toasty warm, the gods will bless me with alertness enough to write a few lines. That would make it all worthwhile!
What do you do when the muse is asleep, and your brain is overtaxed? Do you struggle to write something, anything? Or do you turn it all off and try again tomorrow?
Some authors believe that in order to keep going, you should try to write every day regardless of the situation. I find that hard to do. In my case, writing is a luxurious activity and I enjoy it. If my mindset is not in the right place, it's hard to do.
What about you?
Do you set deadlines for your writing? Sometimes when you are under contract you have deadlines to meet per your publisher. Sometimes you do it just to yourself. It is my honest belief that if you do not begin setting deadlines for yourself early in your writing life, you will have issues when they are imposed by someone else later down the road.
Right now I don't have a deadline, other than self-imposed, and I am curious to know how others are managing this.
Happy Kooky Thursday!
Kim Smith is the author of the zany fun mystery series starring Shannon Wallace and her kooky sidekick, Dwayne Brown. The next installment in their series will be available at Red Rose Publishing on January 14, 2010.