About three years ago, I embarked on insanity. I had three small kids (under 8), was working full time, slowly watched my hubby's work decrease and started writing my Master's thesis. My life after teaching teens all day was sitting on my couch with research all around me, processing information and juggling kids and supporting a frustrated spouse. Please note, I don't recommend this. It sucks.
But the funny thing was I could always jump into thesis writing at a moment's notice and could get a decent amount written when kids were in and out of needing my attention.
I cannot do this when writing a novel, and it used to frustrate me until I realized that it is a whole different mindset. When writing research, my synthesizing someone else's ideas and morphing them into my own. It takes intelligence, yes, but it is something our brains just seem to naturally do.
Writing creatively is harder. I'd defend it to anyone.
About two weeks ago, I told myself to quit being a writing pansy and commit. So, with the exception of Sundays (need a day to recharge) I have been writing at least 1000 words a day.
And guess what (some of you may already know). When I sit down to write, I can start sooner and better because my brain is getting in shape to write. When we have to create everything, we have to keep our brains in top shape and the only way to do this is to make them have the habit of writing.
1000 words a day is just right for me now. I'm conditioning my brain to write at night because I'm not ready to commit to getting up at 4:00 am which was the other option. I'm realizing the depth that I can write, the way I can mold characters who are more interesting because I think about them every single day. And best of all, the chapter numbers are flying by.
Maybe your habit is 100 words a day. Maybe it's 500. I challenge you to spend this week really looking into your schedule, really asking yourself how much you want to write, and really trying to figure out a goal that will push you a little but not be inaccessible because if it's too extreme, you'll fizzle out and won't be able to maintain it.
What is your goal for writing this week? What are you doing every day to keep your brain in shape?
Tasha SeegmillerI'm a teacher, mom, wife and writer. I love owls and run on Diet Coke, cinnamon bears and words.