Writer-Talk Tuesday: How’s Your Writing Going?
It’s time for your monthly update on how your writing is going.
Mine is . . . going very slowly. I was supposed to start writing An Honest Heart on June 1 and write at least 1,000 words per day every day in June, July, and August.
As you can see by the word counter, that hasn’t happened.
However, now I have even more incentive (though, as of yet no momentum) to really get cracking on the manuscript this month. You see, I’ve agreed to teach a Freshman Comp class for the online program in which I’m a full-time academic advisor—starting August 18 and running for five weeks. Which means an intense workload of grading (though, thankfully, the class is intricately planned and already laid out, so no lesson planning other than coming up with discussion topics for each of the five units).
But that five weeks is going to take a chunk of time out of my writing time between now and October 15. So I know how important it is that I make myself write every single day whether I feel like it or not. Whether I write 500 words or 5,000 words. I must write every day if I’m going to get this draft finished and maintain my sanity.
Of course, I’m also kind of hoping that by getting myself scheduled to the nth degree with responsibilities and obligations and deadlines, it’ll help me focus better and give me the momentum I desperately need. After all, I wrote prolifically (and with much joy) back when I was working at the newspaper full-time, putting in anywhere from 20–40 hours a week as an officer with ACFW, and taking 9 hours of undergraduate and/or graduate courses. Only when my life was so busy was I able to completely abandon the real world for my story worlds. I’m hoping the same will still hold true.
So I’ve decided to blitz my writing this week to try to capture my characters and dive into the deep end of my story instead of just wading in the shallow end. I’m planning to do at least one 1k1hr writing sprint every evening this week—and several on Wednesday (interspersed with cleaning the house). If you’re interested in participating, I’ll post the sprint challenges and results on Twitter.
Which brings me to the first-Tuesday-of-the-month question:
What are you working on writing-related, and how’s it going?