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Mission: Organized Writing Life - Corinne O'Flynn

I was talking to a friend of mine recently about the things I have been up to lately. It wasn’t one of those “I am soooo busy!” conversations. Because seriously, nobody wants to hear that. The way I see it, we’re all ridiculously over-busy and this isn’t a contest, it’s life. I was simply sharing and complaining and being excited about all the various things that are happening with my life and my family at the moment, as you do. Her response was the same thing she says whenever we talk about our goings-on: “I don’t know how you do it all.”  To this I usually scoff and roll my eyes and move on to talk about other things.

Because, truly, half the time I have no idea how I get it all done. This past month—the entire month of November—has felt like a complete write-off as I dealt with a respiratory plague that really knocked me out. I’m still recovering! But when I look back at the month of November, things still got done.

Despite my illness and my absolute inability to stay on track with NaNoWriMo, I still managed to:

  • write my monthly blog posts for This Dark Matter, (there’s a super fab contest going on over there, btw)
  • maintain a marketing schedule for book 1,
  • plot a bunch of book 2,
  • post some flash fiction on my new Wattpad account,
  • read two books
  • stay up to speed on my classwork (thank goodness for online classes!),
  • maintain the planning and prep schedule for my nonprofit’s annual event coming next weekend,
  • help a friend at a 3-day trade show,
  • help another friend with her website,
  • get a holiday project that I’ve been thinking about for 2 years underway,
  • keep four kids and a hectic home life generally up to speed (super shout-out to my awesome husband for picking up the major slack).

Like I said, my point in sharing this isn’t to humble brag about being so busy. My point is that while it wasn’t pretty all the time, and while this past month has been a comedy of errors and reacting and shooting from the hip and yes, even total blunders… despite all that – it all got done. 

So that got me thinking back to the times when I was healthy and things were rolling and totally on fire around here. The times when I was mindful about planning and being proactive, and how the level of productivity was stunning and incredibly satisfying. I’d like to get back to that. I’m going to get back to that. I plan to document my adventure here. And I’d love for you to join me! We can do it together!

I’m not talking about the Martha Stewart Pinterest-perfect photos of a writing life. Even if that was truly attainable, it isn’t sustainable—not for me. I’m talking about finding practical methods and building usable systems to make things simpler so writing can happen. I’m talking about getting the admin of life out of my head and moving back into that magical place where ideas are channeled and creativity flows. I know it’s possible to get there… I’ve been there many times. But now I want to stay there. I want to dig a groove so deep it’s really hard to slip out.

Consider this a new manifesto about my plan. I’m making myself accountable by putting it out in public. This isn’t a year-end resolution. This is a deliberate no-excuses movement toward something better, simpler, and mentally uncluttered.

This is about tapping into the magic.

Who’s with me!?  Click here to sign up for my Mission: Organized Writing Life newsletter.

*grabs torch and dips it into the roaring bonfire*


*runs screaming down the beach, wind in her hair and sand in her toes*

About the Author Corinne

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