*dusts off the blog*
Well, hello there.
A lot’s happened since I last wrote. Not anything interesting, necessarily, just that I’ve been adjusting to working full-time and writing. It’s given me plenty to think about, especially as it relates to priorities and making time for writing.
I’m committing to training myself to write 20,000 words per week
Yeah. Notice how I said train. Right now, 1k to 2k is a good week for me, so going from that to 20k is going to take a lot of work. A lot, a lot.
But now, more than ever, I’m in a position that makes it possible.
I’m making time for writing
What this comes down to is really simple: priorities. When I make writing a priority, I do it first. I wake up at 5am to get a half hour of writing in before I leave for work. When I get home, I write as soon as I can after the “musts” — things like laundry, food, or preparing myself for the next work day.
But the only way this works is that I forego a lot of social media time. Which isn’t necessarily bad — it’s a huge time suck that makes me think I’m resting and having downtime (and I’m not). I rarely sit down to watch TV.
It’s not going to be easy
Right now, I’m focusing on putting the habits in place. 30 minutes in the morning, 30 in the evening. That has to be my bare minimum for weekdays. Once that habit is set, I’ll work on writing faster. (And muddling through the weekend. I don’t want to think about that.)
This also means I’m digging into the outlining and plotting process — if I know what to write before I sit down to write, writing will go more smoothly, and that’s a good thing.
Your turn to commit: what are you going to do to work toward your goal?