Monday, December 26, 2011

Exercise Seven: Dear Self

Welcome back from Christmas everyone. I spent four days with my sister, mostly reading. Thinking about reading. Thinking about writing. I decided to post this exercise with no comment :)

Dear Self:

I would like to speak to you about the next six months. I hope they will be more productive and consistent than the last six. To that end, here are a few things we ought to work on.

Well, consistency is one area we need to work on.

It might be good if you occasionally pealed your ass out of this chair and took a walk or something. There might be more room in the chair, and you might see and/or get some sort of inspiration for those novels you write and don't edit.

About those novels you don't edit... you need to edit. As a matter of fact, I see a whole hell of a lot of editing in your future for the next six months. As a matter of fact, all six months. Until at least 3 of the 4 novels you have ready in the new year are ready to submit. As for that other story that keeps popping up out of nowhere, I think you can outline it, you just can't write any of it - not until you've edited.

A better reading schedule. You always say you want to read the genre you're writing or editing at the time, but you don't always do that. I think you should do that.

More time doing everything. You seriously need to work on limiting internet fuckery. Cats make great videos... but you don't have to watch every one. And don't think I don't mean limiting AW, too....

I think that's a good start. Things you should continue: kindness to animals, drinking coffee, witty and or snarky barbs. Those are things you do real good. Don't change any of that. I love those things about you. About me. About us.

Uh... next Dear Self letter: watch it on the voices in the head.


  1. I think I could take everything you wrote regarding writing and time management in your letter and place it into a letter for myself. Minus the editing. I actually love to edit and have to try really hard not to dive right back into a manuscript after the first draft. To take some space.

  2. Amen on this. Time is so precious and I feel like I don't have any at all. New Year's resolution coming...spend more time doing the things I have floating around in my head and less time doing things for everyone else! :)

  3. April, me too, I spend more time editing and less time writing...(hangs head in shame).

    Nice letter Bettielee :)

  4. April - you know what's weird? When I do edit, I'm always so excited when you make the changes or find the holes to magically fix everything. I don't know why I don't follow through....

    Diane: good luck with that resolution! Next year is a new year and full of possiblities!

    And thanks, HMC! :)

  5. Very funny letter! I need to limit my internet shenanigans myself. Instead of cat videos I watch flute videos, but it's all the same... :)

  6. Ah yes, wander into the dangerous parts of Youtube... tee hee! :) I also watch horses run around in circles...