Sometimes, inspiration comes, not when you least expect, but in the manner you least expect.
I sat down last night and started reading through another section of my beta manuscript. It was going well, until the slightest moment of distraction sent my wheels spinning in a totally different direction.
So instead of continuing my read-through or working on my second novel, I wrote an 800-word blog that won’t even be posted for another month+.
I’m not mad. I quite enjoyed writing that post, actually. It’s just funny how inspiration works sometimes. Now I have a blog ready for mid-January!
Needless to say, that jolt of inspiration kept me from completing my goals this week: less than one chapter read through, and less than 1,000 words written. The good news is that I really like the chapter I read, and I really like the 1,000 words I wrote.
Making Time to Write
I’m still finding it difficult to carve a consistent block of time out of my days to write. Part of the issue is that I have been getting up later. My new position at work has much more flexible hours. This is not always an advantage to someone with a proclivity for sleeping in.
I’m okay with working 9-5:30 or 6, but waking up at 8:15 isn’t cutting it. It just does not leave me enough time in the day. So I’m trying to force myself out of bed at 7 so I can make myself clean and proper, take my dog for a walk, have breakfast, and maybe have 30 minutes or so to myself before I leave for work.
30 minutes of early morning inspiration could be 500 words written on my novel or a blog, of a chapter read, or even just catching up on my Netflix backlog.
The point is, I think this lifestyle change will help me ease into my work day more, and give me more time to dedicate to the things I really care about: namely, books, eating, and my pup. (My wife too, obviously, but she leaves for work around the time I should be waking up!)
So this coming week, my focus will be less on the number of words I write, and more on changing my overall habits. A relatively open weekend gives me some flexibility with writing time too, so that helps.
Goals for 12/15:
- Write 2,000 words
- Read through 2 chapters
- GTFO of bed at 7am Monday-Friday
What are your goals for the week?