Needless to say, my muscles are aching. My husband wanted to go three days a week and possibly add a fourth day, but I was not too excited about that, until yesterday; then I had the bright idea to go five days a week. He was excited that I wanted to exercise five days a week. I was excited until this morning when the alarm went off at 6:30 am and I thought, this is a bad idea to exercise five days a week. I complained, and my husband happily put up with me. He’s the morning person, not me. After day two, I think I’m okay now with exercising five days a week.
This experience got me thinking today that this is how I need to look at flexing the writing muscle. If I don’t write something every day, I will get into a rut and slack off and before I know it, five months will go by with no writing accomplished. I am trying to blog every day and I am trying to be diligent about writing my WIP each day. Even if I only complete one section and not a whole chapter, I will be happy with that. At least I’m doing something productive then.
How do you flex your writing muscle? Do you set goals and try to write one chapter every day? Are you more inclined to set a goal on a specific word count that you need to complete each day? As I mentioned, I focus on trying to at least finish one section of a chapter each time I sit down to write.
It’s so easy to get distracted with the normal daily routine that we don’t spend any time writing. If you work a full time job, it can be hard to find the time to write. I know. I used to work in an office and spent my lunch hour furiously writing, and then when I got home, I tried to write at least one hour before going to sleep. Now I work from home as a freelance marketer / writer, so my hours are more flexible. As long as I complete my set hours and work load each day, I have the freedom to get some more writing done on my WIP than I had before. After finishing my marketing work, I bring my laptop downstairs and while my husband is watching the news or sports, I spend time writing.
Flexing the writing muscle is easier when we have accountability. Find a writing partner or writing group and share your struggles with finding time to write. You may not realize it, but a good amount of writers struggle with trying to find the time to write. If you have that accountability, that is great. I don’t have a writing partner, but I do have an accountability partner, my husband. He is very interested in my writing career and he loves to know what I’m doing and how things are going and he’s always encouraging me to write.
As writers, we should never take too much time in between books being published before we start work on our next project. Keep active in your writing and you will be a prolific writer, but take the time to give it your best. You should always write, but also keep in mind that you need to keep editing when you’re done. Keep the fun in writing and you’ll keep on writing and one day look back and see a long line of successful best sellers with your name on the covers.