I’m committed. To writing #my500words a day. For 31 days. I started a few days ago but was feeling waffly. Therefore, I’ve re-committed.
Why am I doing it?
Mainly, to develop a habit. I have it on my calendar to remind me in the morning. It’s almost 8 pm but I still had to do this because it was weighing on my mind. I’d prefer to do it early in the morning or earlier in the day. But I’m doing it now because, as I said, it’s on my mind and I’ve committed to developing a writing practice.
What will I write?
I can free write, use prompts, do business writing, blog posts, work on my book. I had to go back and change “a” to “my” in front of the word book. I’ve been thinking about it and writing it and now I’m announcing it out loud. Yes,I'm writing a book. I will refrain from talking about it at the moment. My goal is to solidify a writing habit that will power the completion of my book. What I won’t do as part of this challenge is to use the 500 words in my journal. That is separate and apart from this.
When will I write?
Preferably in the morning, at my desk. I’d like to incorporate it into my daily ritual which includes tea, oatmeal, yoga, journal and the previous day’s crossword puzzle. But most of that happens in the kitchen. At my desk I have other resources and notes and prompts and it feels like a more friendly place to play with my writing. However, if my day has a mind of its own and chooses to do other things I may be in the living room as a late dusk darkens the corners, tapping away at my keyboard to satisfy this commitment to write 500 words.
How will I write?
I will do this writing on my laptop. There are times when I prefer to start on paper but for this challenge I will use the computer. It does give me a word count although that is not my first reason. I know that as I write, I will write more, and as I write more I will be able to go deeper. The writing that comes up may eventually make its way elsewhere and it is easier to copy and paste than to transcribe from my handwritten pages. (Not to mention that I can’t always read my own handwriting!)
What will I do with the writing?
Some of my writing will become a blog post. Like this. Some will be added to my book. If I’m just playing with story and characters it may go nowhere for now. Some will be for business, either content or writing for clarity. I may write to my beautiful perfect client, asking what she needs and thinking about what I can offer. Things that belong in my personal journal will remain there. That's a private conversation that starts most of my mornings.
I know this will get tedious. It will feel hard. I will struggle with what to write and feel that what I write is crap. But I know that a writer is someone who writes. Therefore, if I want to be a writer, I must write. I must write poorly, inanely, sloppily. I must write drivel. I must whine on the page or be soppy. The push through all this muck will be the polish for the words that will eventually come out. They are there. They’ve been waiting patiently. It is time.
Kathy Kane blogs about the creative process in the everyday, in writing and in the magical transition to the second half of life.
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