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Day 4: 1,003 Words!

April 23rd, 2015 by Steve

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Oh my, I’m killing it. Run for cover and duck your heads. I’ve got blisters on my blisters, and my keyboard is literally smoking. I managed to knock out over one thousand words today. Just 47 words shy of tripling my daily target. I think I’ll put my feet up for a bit.

I think the secret to making progress is making an active effort to get control of your schedule. I used to have a whatever-will-be-will-be attitude toward writing. I thought, “When the words come, I’ll write them.” Well, that didn’t get me very far as a writer at all. So I re-prioritized my life, scrutinizing every spare minute to see where time was being wasted and where I could maybe squeeze in a few minutes bashing out the bon mots.

I found a fair bit of time where I sat around just waiting for time to pass in the morning before getting the kids off to school. But rather than force myself to write at that time, I turned it into you-don’t-get-to-sit time. In you-don’t-get-to-sit time, you don’t get to sit. Simple as that. Run through a mental list of s*** that has to be done and just do it. Dishes, laundry, sweeping, vacuuming, make lunches for the kids. All the grunt work that gets in the way of enjoying life. Get it done. And then, by 8:30 in the morning, it’s all done, and there ain’t nothing hanging over your head the rest of the day. Which means every spare moment from then on is officially yours and yours alone. Type when ready.

Another thing I found helpful was setting up a fixed me-write-now time. The name is pretty self-explanatory. That’s the time when I write. I chose 10AM. By that time, I’m back from getting the kids off to school, I’ve walked the dogs, and I’ve enjoyed second breakfast and a lovely cup of tea. I have one hour before I have to think about getting ready for work, and I’m going to use it to my advantage.

Today, work ended a little early, so I crammed in a few more minutes when I got back home. I’m a dog walker, so my schedule is usually pretty flexible. When writing opportunities present themselves, it’s time to seize them and write some more.

I’m also curious if blogging about the writing process is helping. I’ve written close to 2,800 words of my book, and blogged about 1,400 words as well. Hopefully it’s beneficial. I have a good hunch no one’s actually reading this, that I’m just babbling into the vast emptiness of space, but hopefully it helps lube up my writing brain so I can keep going strong tomorrow. If that’s true, then we’re all good.

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