It can be tempting, when you FINALLY sit down at the computer to get some writing done, to do other things. Check author blogs or facebook, etc. But, last month I found the secret to getting writing done: sign up for a standardized test for which you need to study.
I had to sign up for the Praxis test as part of keeping my teaching license current. So I bought this study guide, since I am rusty (I haven’t been in the classroom to actually teach in a LONG time). And yes, I recognize the humor in the fact that I, an English teacher, bought the Cliff Notes study guide.
But I digress.
Every time I sat down to study, I found myself writing instead. Because I would so, so much rather write than study for a standardized test. “What are you doing in there?” my husband would ask, as the sound of the keyboard rang out through the land. “Are you studying?” I pretended I had my earphones in and didn’t answer him.
I’ve taken the test now, but I’m keeping the study guide here to watch me. Whenever I get tempted to get off-task, I’ll pretend I have to study it and that will keep me writing. Maybe I should buy the GRE or LSAT study guides. Those would certainly scare me into submission.
So that’s the secret. It’s taken me all these years to discover. Aren’t you glad I shared it?
P.S. I’m doing a book signing this week, on Thursday. More info here. Also, it was wonderful to meet some of you at the AF writing conference last weekend!
P.P.S. Thank you for all the lovely comments on the cover! I LOVE it. That’s why I missed posting last week, so you could look at it for another week at the top of the blog. 😉