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Sunday, June 5, 2011

The failure of being perfect

I think the problem that I've had such a hard time coming up with words for this new novel is because I expect it to fly onto the page and be next to perfect the first time.
Which, shocker, is not going to happen.

Part of my other problem is that I thrive on routine. Probably because I grew up with routine as a kid (but didn't we all?) and not having a job and not having a routine has thrown me off in more ways then one. I like to know what I'm doing and when I'm doing it. I like to have a plan of attack. And without a job to structure my time, I'm left with too much free time to just do "whatever" with. Too much free time is not a good thing for me. Maybe not for anyone.

My hope is that by being open about why I haven't been writing, I can find a solution to my problem.

The Magical Plan:
1) Get a job
2) Set up a consistent writing time
3) Write!

Let's see how this goes....

Thursday, June 2, 2011

All or nothing?

So often I think we have the "all or nothing" mentality when it comes to writing. Either we want to write for 40 hrs in a row, or we don't want to do any writing at all. For example, I wrote in my new day timer that I wanted to write 2,000 words a day 5x a week. Well, guess what, my brain is rebelling and it's not happening. It's a curse, I tell you, a curse!

So what do we do to combat this?

It's quite simple really.

Instead of word counts, I'm switching to time. One hour a day writing. That's all. No word counts, no pressure. And yes, writing for my blog counts. I just set a timer for an hour, and if I have to get up to refill my coffee or pee I just pause the timer. Simple, yet efficient.

It doesn't have to be all or nothing with your writing. After all, an hour a day is more then what I was doing before with my lofty 2,000 word count written in my planner. An hour a day can even be split into two 30 minute pieces. Or four 15 minute time bites.

No matter how you look at it, you CAN fit writing into your busy day. It might take some readjusting and some tweaking to make it perfect, but it's possible.

I promise.

L Finch