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“Writing fiction is a perfect life choice for someone like Vanessa Grant who can’t make up her mind what she wants to do when she grows up!” There are so many choices and I want to do them all. In real life I’ve taken a lot of roads: I’ve studied psychology, volunteered on a crisis line and as a peer counselor for a family life organization, worked as an accountant and a software developer, taught accounting and fraud investigation at a university, and best of all–told stories about life, love, and secrets. In my stories, my heroes and heroines have lived many of the lives I’m fascinated by. I live with my wonderful husband and two energetic Australian Shepherds on Vancouver Island … and every so often we indulge in wanderlust and leave the island to go exploring.

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  1. Laura Tobias
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    Your post struck a cord with me, Vanessa, because I too have been struggling to priorize. Most days my WIP comes first but this last week, for a variety of reasons – all valid – it didn’t. And I was cranky about it. This coming week I will put it first again. Even though my other deadlines still loom and I’m feeling quite pressured, I can spare an hour. So I’ll use a timer first thing in the morning. I won’t surf, check email, Tweet or indulge in any of the other enticements that call. My novel gets an hour. And I’ll be happier for it.

    Thanks for writing a post I needed to read!

    1. Vanessa Grant
      Vanessa Grant at | | Reply

      Thanks for posting, Laura. It’s good to know my struggles were helpful. It’s so darned hard to put the writing first, but actually writing it down and using the timer idea really seems to be working for me this week. So far it looks like I may achieve all the goals for the week. I’m starting to get back into Necessary Lies and hope to get some actual writing done on it by the end of next week, when i’ve got my timelines straightened out. It’s a bit of a job with so many “suspects” but I’m enjoying wrestling with it.

  2. EC Sheedy
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    Well said, Vanessa–and well done. Being one of the lucky ones who’s had a peek at the first draft of TTT, uh NECESSARY LIES, I’m glad to hear that story has been moved front and center on your to-do list.

    I, too, needed this post. Just back from away, I’ve got a muddle of things to sort out, throw out, or black out. Putting last things first sounds good to me. 🙂

    Enjoy the rest of your holiday and keep writing.

  3. Vanessa Grant
    Vanessa Grant at | | Reply

    Thanks, EC. It’s partly thanks to having this blog to do that I actually wrote down my goals last Friday, and had the chance to look at what I’d done. Somehow, in text on my computer screen, the “last place” scenario made a big impression on me. I’m going to try to make a policy of writing down my week’s goals every Friday for the next while. I need the pleasure of checking them off as I accomplish – my simple mind likes those “tick” and “star” rewards :).

  4. Bonnie Edwards
    Bonnie Edwards at | | Reply

    Vanessa, count me in as another who needed this post. Like Laura, I’ve had many other things take priority lately, all of them necessary, all of them unavoidable.

    One of the things I need to do is dig out my copy of Covey’s book. And work it!

    Thanks for your oh-so-timely reminder.

    1. Vanessa Grant
      Vanessa Grant at | | Reply

      Hi, Bonnie!

      I also need to dig out my copy of 7 Habits… I could obviously use a refresher!

  5. Gail Whitiker
    Gail Whitiker at | | Reply

    There’s a wonderful sense of accomplishment in setting priorities and sticking to them. I’m in that delightful place (just turned in one book, haven’t started the next) where I try to organize the other parts of my life and my desk–and not necessarily in that order! There are things I know I need to give time to, and if I don’t put them at the top of the list, they’ll get shuffled to one side. Again.

    A great reminder to keep the important things uppermost!

    1. Vanessa Grant
      Vanessa Grant at | | Reply

      Now I just need to keep remembering :).

      I had a good week of work – got almost all of those goals done :). Then I took a couple of days off while we got settled here on Prince Edward Island. Now to get settled back into work mode for a few days …

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