Let It Go

The main thing I love about my day job is that I get to write as long as I finish my work for the day. On a good day I can write about two chapters.  So this month, I set a schedule for myself to edit at least two chapters a day. If I follow this schedule faithfully, I’ll finish editing my YA book by the end of the month.

As of this writing I am 8 chapters behind.

Now that I’m at the two week mark, I honestly don’t know if my plan will follow through. On top of writing group assignments for CBW-LA and SCBWI and other personal duties, work has been crazy busy. I’m lucky if I even get to edit a chapter a day.

My martial arts classes are Tuesdays and Thursdays so I do have time the rest of the week to write or edit. But as soon as I get home I lack the mental energy to work on my manuscript. My body just wants to eat and sleep after a long day of work, and often I put other duties ahead of my own writing.

It does get frustrating. Mostly I get annoyed at myself for not having enough energy or discipline or willpower to stick to my schedule. But I’ve come to realize that I’m only stressing myself out further by focusing on the negatives instead of the positives. Instead of obsessing on the fact that I don’t get two chapters done a day, I should actually give myself props for doggedly working on my manuscript every day (even if it is only one chapter, or half a chapter).

My goal hasn’t changed. I still aim to finish editing my manuscript by the end of the month. But if I don’t finish the chapters I’ve set for myself from Monday to Friday, I’m not going to stress out. I’m just going to try and do my best to catch up on the weekends. And if that doesn’t work, well, I’ll still be happy that I managed to even work on my manuscript every day this month, despite my crazy schedule.

I let it go. I let the stress go by letting the expectations go. Because really, the most important thing is that I devote time, however little, to actually work on my craft.

Speaking of letting go, I do love that song from Frozen. Here are some of my favorite versions of the song:

 

Letting Go (Frozen) Africanized Tribal Version By Alex Boye, Lexi Walker and the One Voice Children’s Choir:

 

 

Letting Go (Frozen) Cover by Christina Bianco. Such a talented comedian and singer! She does one song using many famous voices (Adele, Brittney Spears, Alanis, Julie Andrews to name a few). 

 

Are there things you need to let go of?

Have you watched Frozen? Do you have a favorite version of this song? 

 

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A Scene from Disney’s “Frozen”

Let It Go  – Lyrics from Disney’s Frozen (Sung by Idina Menzel):

The snow glows white on the mountain tonight,
not a footprint to be seen.
A kingdom of isolation and it looks like I’m the queen.
The wind is howling like this swirling storm inside.
Couldn’t keep it in, Heaven knows I tried.
Don’t let them in, don’t let them see.
Be the good girl you always have to be.
Conceal, don’t feel, don’t let them know.
Well, now they know!

Let it go, let it go!
Can’t hold it back any more.
Let it go, let it go!
Turn away and slam the door.
I don’t care what they’re going to say.
Let the storm rage on.
The cold never bothered me anyway.

It’s funny how some distance,
makes everything seem small.
And the fears that once controlled me, can’t get to me at all
It’s time to see what I can do,
to test the limits and break through.
No right, no wrong, no rules for me.
I’m free!

Let it go, let it go.
I am one with the wind and sky.
Let it go, let it go.
You’ll never see me cry.
Here I’ll stand, and here I’ll stay.
Let the storm rage on.

My power flurries through the air into the ground.
My soul is spiraling in frozen fractals all around
And one thought crystallizes like an icy blast
I’m never going back; the past is in the past!

Let it go, let it go.
And I’ll rise like the break of dawn.
Let it go, let it go
That perfect girl is gone
Here I stand, in the light of day.

Let the storm rage on!
The cold never bothered me anyway…

 

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7 Responses to “Let It Go”

  1. I know what you mean about lacking the mental energy, that’s how I have been feeling for the past few months. Kudos to you for focusing on the positive and what you have accomplished, I’m trying to do the same. Letting it go is always easier said than done for me LOL but it’s great advice.

  2. Karen says:

    By letting go, you’ve freed yourself from stress. Love that you’re giving yourself credit for the things you can do.

  3. Jeff Hargett says:

    That’s a nice perk you have at work. And I can relate all too well about being crazy busy at work. A day off (like today!) is call for a celebration! Hope you get back on target with your goals, but like you said, don’t let stress get the better of you.

  4. That’s right – why stress? Some things you can’t control.
    Nutschell, you do so much more than what you listed, I’m stunned you have time to write anything at all. Well done.

  5. mooderino says:

    You’re right, there’s no point stressing and making yourself feel bad especially when you’re doing so many good things and being super productive.

    mood
    Moody Writing

  6. Donna Hole says:

    When writing my original trilogy, I was able to crank out several chapters a day. But, the more involved in my day job I got, the less I write. I’d love to be able to accomplish some writing at work.

    Best wishes on your goals.

    …..dhole

  7. I love Frozen. Especially Olaf.

    A successful businessman I know always said “Just a little bit every day.” Sometimes that’s all you can do and sometimes that’s all it takes.

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