I recently came to the conclusion that saying NO more often than YES will be my best course of action going forward. Why am I so late on completing Sacred Lies?
- I said YES to more projects than I should have.
- I answered one too many phone calls.
- I attended one too many meetings.
- I simply got distracted by life’s distractions.
Meanwhile, poor Stanley Thompson and readers are still waiting for me to finish his story along with a backlog of other story ideas. It’s my precious time I’m sacrificing. At the end of the day I’ve accomplished something, but not what I set out to accomplish at the beginning of the day. Shame on me!
As creative people, we must stay focused or the creativity goes right out the window. I can’t tell you how many times I say I’m writing today and someone inevitably calls me or asks me to do something. It’s as if they don’t take me seriously or value my time as a writer. However, those same individuals will be the first to ask when is the next book coming out or what’s taking me so long to finish.
I recently found this article online and I couldn’t have said it better myself. I agree with 100% of what Mr. Hyatt says. I won’t re-create the wheel, so check out the article below and come back by here for comments.
Don’t allow people to distract you.