One of the best things that happened to me last year was setting up a weekly routine for writing. Everyone (i.e. my husband mostly) knows I write on Wednesday nights. Once I have really put it into the agenda and that everyone (i.e. my husband) expects me to be at my computer and not, say, watch Downton Abbey, so that he’ll have the chance to watch something he loves (and that I love less), I have little excuse not to write. So I mostly do stick to it.
The good thing is that I look forward to this session, so I often find myself making mental notes before and rarely find myself staring at a blank page. I’m not saying I’m writing great stuff every single time, but something (anything) gets done. If I don’t feel like writing that story, I write a blog post, or I journal, or I add some sentences to one of those (many) essays that are left unfinished in my drawer.
One thing I’d like to change is stop editing. Editing is time-consuming with little visible result at my stage. My problem is first quantity over quality. What’s the point of having 3 perfectly-crafted paragraphs if the story goes uncompleted?
If you have a trick about this, I’d love to hear about it.
The less-than-great thing is that I get so excited that I don’t know how to stop. What’s the problem here? The truth: I’m not a night owl and I need my beauty sleep. I need to be out the door and fully-functioning at 7.15 a.m. the next day (not to mention clothed and washed). My brain gets so full of words and sentences during those Wednesday sessions that I can hardly stop around 10pm and more than once do I keep tossing and turning in my bed well past midnight. And nobody’s happy of this the next day, I promise you.
I’m thinking of trying 2 weekly sessions, if only I can get a way to cool this mental excitement phase down, and if I can really step up my commitment (over DVDs and Internet-related time-wasters whose temptation is ever so strong). I recently read a blog post by Stephen Page and article by Caitlin O’Neil about the writer’s triangle, this “metaphorical vortex writers get pulled into while trying to balance making a living and being committed to their literary lives”. Well, my solution to this dilemma induces sleep troubles. Do you have a better suggestion?
Btw, I noticed that this is my 700th post in this blog. Even if I can’t exactly compare with veteran bloggers who write daily, it blows my mind that I could write that much and do it that long. I met lots of great people through this space and I’m just thankful.