I’m still not right today, but the time in bed gave me lots of navel-gazing opportunity in a bid to banish those crows of doubt that have been circling recently.
I think I’ve given myself the kick up the bum I needed, but time will tell. But there’s no diary of a scaredy cat this week as, well, I’ve not done a lot …
… other than the following:
- bought 3 new magazines (digital versions) I’ve always wanted to target with short fiction (including the one in the picture) – market study
- loaded older versions of previously bought same magazines (all to Kindle Home) – market study
- loaded previously bought collections of short stories by Della Galton and Teresa Ashby to Kindle Home (1 each) – market study
- loaded a total of 18 how-to-write books to Kindle Home for browsing and dipping into
- loaded a further book to Kindle Home on getting organised, 1 on habit-forming, and another 2 for idea-brainstorming (I do love my Kindle …)
- researched and bookmarked 22 websites that buy short material from freelance writers
- subscribed to Duotrope
- submitted 2 short stories to UK markets this morning
- submitted 3 short stories to Duotrope listings this morning
I’m also aiming at splitting the diary into:
- am – my writing work (including market study/research)
- pm – editing/proofreading work (including surfing job boards and other work-finding and administration activities)
More bed-based work yesterday included synchronising all the bookmarks on all of my wi-fi devices so that I don’t have to keep sending myself links. And I did a lot of reading.
I need to concentrate on my own writing again, whether that be novels, books, articles, short stories or fillers. I’m less likely to spend much time on article-writing, unless it’s a reader’s true experience (RTE) I can rattle off or something I don’t need to personally research very much.
And I need an injection of confidence.
And the opposite of a lazy pill …
How do you kick yourself up the bum to get you working again?