No matter what book on writing you read, every author emphasizes routine as a way to free creativity. Making writing a habit makes the muse want to come out and dance a bit. It’s not that I doubted the truth of this statement, but I gave myself so many excuses to not make time to write everyday. I have kids, I have a job, I’m involved in this, that, the other. Getting motivated is always difficult.
I’m querying a novel right now, and if you are or have, you know what a crazy time that can be. It’s exciting, but it’s also like having a vase of cut flowers in your home. You know that, no matter what, they aren’t going to get much bettter and it makes you anxious to watch the petals fall off (or watch your inbox for news). The time passes so much more quickly if you plant some seeds in the garden and tend them.
I was having trouble getting back “in the garden” until I saw a hashtag for “WritingChallenge“. Hm, I thought. Five hundred words a day? I can do that. I started in the DecWritingChallenge and have followed it up through the MarWritingChallenge so far. No, I don’t make my word count goals every day, but some days I exceed them, and no matter what, I’m meeting fellow gardeners. Looking around at the dirt under all of our fingernails, I know I’m on the right track.
If you’re looking for a group to cheer you on as you edit or write, you should think about joining us.
Finally, had a few questions on how the writing staycation went last week (see post here). My goal was to write 10,000 words on my current work in progress over my spring break. I’m happy to say that I wrote 15,800 and am now getting so close to finishing the draft.
What are you working on lately?