This is a very quick Thursday’s Children post today as I’m swamped with a long list of things to do in preparation for the launch of my novel, The Butterfly Storm next Wednesday 12th. Six days to go. So much to write. And there have been so many other things going on that have taken up my time and concentration. Sometimes it can all get overwhelming but as author Joanne Phillips pointed out in a recent post you just have to pick one thing and do it. Wise words indeed.
So actually, when everything gets a bit too much whether that’s to do with writing or life in general, instead of fighting it just take some time out. Even five minutes to reflect can help put everything in perspective and inspire you to tackle your tasks with renewed vigor, whether that’s editing a blog post or starting a new novel. I wrote in a previous post that my ‘thinking’ time is when I’m out walking the dog. Despite my long to do list I took the time to take Frodo for a walk this morning and, apart from the obvious benefits of fresh air and exercise, it was just so lovely to do nothing except stroll in the sunshine, listen to birds singing and the sigh of the wind in the trees. Oh, and sneeze because I have really bad hayfever at the moment. See, it was almost perfect. That ‘me’ time today wasn’t to think about The Butterfly Storm or my new WIP or what’s going on in my life right this moment, but to clear my head of clutter before coming back to my desk and cracking on with writing.
Hopefully by the end of today I’ll have ticked a good few things off my to do list. Now that will be inspiring.
If you find yourself with 5 minutes to spare next Wednesday 12th then come and join me on my blog for the launch of my debut novel, The Butterfly Storm. I’d love to see you!