Getting back to writing

Not writing, not blogging, not being who I want to be, again. I wish I could say that life gets in the way, but it’s not that. I think that the only thing that gets in the way is myself. I’ve written about it in my newsletter yesterday and the more I think about it, the more I’m convinced that I need a plan.

I’ve blogged for 100 days this year, I don’t want to do this again, but I need a plan for my writing, what to write when. Everyday blogging is not my thing, but maybe I could be doing it 5 days a week. Newsletter once a month. Short stories and essays for competitions. And the book, of course. The book. How do I plan my writing for that?

Maybe I could try a word count? Per day? Per week? How many days a week do I want to work on it? Five? Yes, five sounds good. How many words per 5 days? Or maybe it is better to do a daily word count? Let’s see. If my book would be 90.000 words and I would write 500 words a day, it would take me 180 days to write the first draft. Can I aim for a bigger word count? Maybe I should, but at the same time keep it flexible. Not worry too much when I don’t reach it. Make the time spent at the keyboard, writing the book count more than the actual words written. Us it as a directive, not the hard goal. This could work. So let’s say 1000 words per day. 5 days a week. I can do this. I have some notes already, so it should be doable at the beginning and I hope that by the time it gets harder I’ll be used to doing it regularly.

I’ll start Monday. Not because I need Monday for it, but because this weekend is for other things. It will also give me a chance to re-read Write It All Down by Cathy Rentzenbrink. This book is such good writing support. I’ll keep it close to me and reach for it when I’ll be feeling lost, to remind myself that it’s normal, just a part of the process.

Where are you with your writing? How it’s going?

P.S. This is how most of my journal entries look like.


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