Thursday, August 6, 2009

Coming up for air...

Seems I've been missing around here lately but today, I'm coming up for air and reporting in.

As you know, or maybe you don't, I've put myself on an internet diet. Meaning,no internet until I get my "First 500" words written each day. This is working so well. It's reminded me there are more important things than reading the latest Twitter or Facebook update. And you know what, the world hasn't come to an end just because I've neglected the internet a bit.

I still read several agent and author blogs though not on as a regular basis as before but I've made my writing a priority and that's what I needed to do.

One thing I've noticed in the years I've been learning my craft is the more I write, the better I get. The more I write, the less I struggle with my inner editor. And the more I write, the easier the words flow.

I once heard that we need to write a million words of dreck before the good stuff comes along. And while I'm not sure I'd agree with a million, I do know the more I write, the more I make writing something important, the better the writing is.

One thing that helps me it to have a general idea of what I need to write for the day. I'm betting it'll help you too. So, have a couple scene ideas in mind. Maybe ponder them the night before or set aside a day to plan your writing week.

I saw a quote about writing inspiration a while back that really struck home. We can't wait around and hope for inspiration to find us. We need to be busy and working and serious about our craft. The inspiration will be there we just have to tap into it.

So, my challenge for you is to make writing a priority. Carve out a niche of time where you can write without being interrupted. Take whatever measures you need, even if you have to get up a few minutes earlier or stay up later than normal. Sure, the first couple days will be rough, but it'll be well worth it. Make an appointment with your writing instrument of choice and keep it. Don't wait to be inspired.

Now, what are you still doing here? Go write!!!


Write One said...

Jean, Thanks for the inspiration. Plans for my own internet diet are skipping through my head at this very moment. Just think, instead of losing I could GAIN 500 words a day!

Sandra said...

I managed this for one day. :-( My hubby is home for the next 3 days so not a good time to try again. (unless he takes some naps or practices his banjo) I'm aiming to go write again on Monday.