It always fascinates me that while I'm almost OCD about my filing and work area. I can be a total mess in some parts of my home.
I'm fastidious about the kitchen and bathroom.
But a sort of clutter can accumulate in other areas, namely the living room, kitchen counter and my bedroom.
I sort of just forget to put away clean laundry or hang things over the chair by my dressing table instead of putting them back in drawers and wardrobes.
I also seem to sort of forget to hoover as regularly as I should.
Do I have some sort of split personality?
This summer I've done more writing than ever. I have completed the first draft of a new novel in a month and a half.
Thank you. The applause and fireworks are much appreciated.
And I put this down to the OCD side of my nature and reading stuff.
I read several things in June and July which may have prompted this side of me to emerge in all its crazy glory.
The first was the response I received from a question posed to Emily Benet when I interviewed her for my blog.
The second was an autharium.wordpress.com post about behaving like a writer.
The final thing was a facebook post by Emma Cuthbert on the habits of Anthony Trollope.
The result has been:
- the re-organisation of my work space
- my word-count spreadsheet. A thing of beauty to my eyes in all its highlighted glory, though a devil of a task master. It demands a certain number of words per day and is exacting if I do not achieve this. Lucky for me this blog counts as part of my daily output!
- a chapter plan for my new novel
- a concerted effort to write first, research and edit later
- a decision to publish 2 works a year with Autharium
And cor blimey has this borne fruit.