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I'm an organized person—usually. I can't work in clutter or with piles of paper or in an area that needs to be cleaned—usually. I read one novel at a time to savor and enjoy and well, not get confused.
Imagine my learning curve when I was in the throes of launching Red Tide while creating a scene list for my third manuscript and then beginning the initial self-edits on my second.
Here's what I learned:
1. If I close my eyes for a minute, I can remember the book I'm supposed to be working on: the plot and what characters populate it, and shove the others away.
2. I don't need to do an intense cleaning of every level of the house as often as I thought. It will survive.
3. If company is coming I know how to herd them where I've done some ridding-up.
4. Clean floors give an overall impression of cleanliness.
5. There's no way to get around the pile of paper that collects relating to a manuscript you aren't working on, or information on the business side of writing. I'll get another file stand when I get a chance, or clean out my filing cabinet so there's actually room for some folders.
6. I need to schedule marketing time. (And figure out exactly what marketing consists of.)
7. I can work on multiple things at once. Sort of.
8. I LOVE WHAT I DO!
I still read one novel at a time. Slowly.
Do you have any ideas about what I should prepare to learn next?