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If you want to be able to pull off a writing routine, you need to have a time frame that allows for life.
I say that because life keeps happening. That’s not me being witty or inspirational, it’s recognizing that I have writing goals, and a life that sometimes does not accommodate letting me write when I want to.
Yesterday, for example, I expected to have all day to write. I received a call from a friend to go painting. That’s fine, but I’d only just begun to write (8 am) and we would head out to paint at 9. That’s my fault because I think I can sometimes have leisurely writing days. The truth is, there is no such thing. There will always be interruptions. Maybe it’s your cat. Or Netflix. Or kids.
I don’t say no to painting because it’s a little extra money. Plus, I’ll be finishing the painting project today, which this time I’m ready for. However, starting tomorrow and going through all of next week (with the exception of Sundays), there are mail carriers going on vacation locally which means I will be working full time.
As you can expect, my writing time is severely compromised. With a goal of 4k+ words, I need 2 hours of time. Afternoon? Possibly, but I usually just want to crash. My time is the morning, so therefore I’ve got to adjust to getting up earlier… in this case, 4 am.
I usually waste bout an hour reading blogs and writing my own blog post, with a little bit of browsing social media. That’s my wake-up time. After that, I can usually move on to writing. The later I get up, the better my chances are of being interrupted. There is only one mostly safe window of opportunity to write for me, and that is early.
Even if I hate getting up sometimes.
So there’s the battle, juggling writing and life, because it’s not always easy to have both. I call myself a writer because it’s what I do. More importantly, it’s what I want to do. Therefore, I’ll make the time.
2/2/16 Word Count: 855 (ave. 1,580 wph) Editing: 30 minutes
Hungry Gods 3 +0. 52,925/50,000
Time Travel Novel +790 3,781/50,000
Spilling Blood ep. 12 +0 9,262/15,000
Pen Name Short Story #3 +0 1,374/5,000
Pen Name Book +0. 22,874/20,000 Editing
Apocalypse Witch 3 +0. 21,648/20,000 Editing
Pen Name Short Story #2 +65. 5,426/5,000 Editing
February Word Count: 6,055
January Word Count: 103,398
For Year: 109,453
2016 Completed Projects: Spilling Blood 11, Short Story.