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Writing Every Day – Update #2

So, wow.  It’s been over a month since I started my writing every day project.  It started out really well.  I was writing nearly every day, even weekends and I was making a lot of progress on a lot of different things.  It was brilliant!

And then……..

A co-worker took a position at another company at the end of January.  Not only was I crushed as she’d become a good friend and I was going to miss seeing her everyday, but it also meant I was going to have to take on a bunch more work.  Long story short, I had to take on several extra clients and my days were suddenly wall to wall work.  By the time I left at night, got home and got dinner, it was time for bed and my brain was mush.  Writing my name became a chore.

Writing every day has now become writing several times a week, if I’m lucky.  This post, for example, has taken three days to write.  My boss tells me we should be getting a new person soon and I’ll be able to transfer these extra clients off to them and I won’t be so harried.  Crossing my fingers that happens before I lose my mind!

Anyway, I’m still plugging away and I’m trying not to be discouraged.  I’ve still got lots of ideas circling about, so my muse has not abandoned me due to neglect.  I was able to post a new chapter on my Supernatural fanfiction earlier this week and I’m posting this today, so it’s keeping me going.

If you have any suggestions for how to keep writing during stressful times, please sound off in the comments!

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Writing Every Day – Update

Well, it’s been 2 weeks since I started my “writing every day” odyssey and it’s working pretty well so far!  I’ve managed to write something every day, save one.

One of the more interesting things I’ve noticed so far is that I’m not having to struggle for things to do.  Not sure if the Muse simply happened to choose now to be stimulated or if writing every day is stimulating.  Also, switching back and forth between fan fiction and blog posts has been helpful.  I’ve read that taking a break often spurs creativity and doing the context shift from fiction to blog writing has definitely done that.

I’m also finding that not pressuring myself to write a certain amount is helpful.  Some days I’ve just done some editing and maybe 100 words.  Other days, I’ve been able to crank through over 1000.  But either way, I’m doing something every single day.

And it feels good! 🙂

If you’ve tried writing every day as an experiment, or if you just write every day naturally, let me know how it’s working for you in the comments!

Writing Something Every Day

As part of re-booting for the new year, I’ve been thinking about a lot of the advice I’ve seen from writers across the board about writing something every day. Sometimes I find it really difficult to motivate myself to write, even when I have something I’ve been working on or an idea in place. The commonly suggested solution is to write at least a little something every day. I believe the theory is that it’ll get easier over time and your writing will get better and it’ll all just snowball into yummy goodness.

I’ve got no idea if this will work or not, but I’m going to give it a shot. My plan is to either post something here or work on an existing piece of fanfiction every day and see what happens. After a few months, I’ll see how it feels. Wish me luck!

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