No matter how fool proof our daily word count goals or writing plans are, life will eventually have something to say about them. There will be a cold, a job loss, a move, a season of melancholy. Something will happen to stop progress.
Maybe you are stopped now?
I know when a significant life event happens to me I curl inward. I read more, try to get time by myself, and journal. These are all good things. But you know what I don’t do? Keep writing!
I like to be serious about my work but I am no drill sergeant. But the fact of the matter is that I’ve stopped writing before because of something challenging that I knew was coming. If I’m honest, a hand full of times I’ve simply thrown in the towel instead of rising to meet it a challenging time in my schedule.
I view the routine interruption as a disruption rather than an opportunity to show my commitment the craft.
But how do you show commitment to your body of work when something interrupts your schedule? You prepare in advance.
Just like a dieter running into a tempting cupcake, we need to be ready when life events occur and say that we will not give up ahead of time. (Granted some we cannot prepare for and we need a break. It’s just that simple.)
Make up your mind right now. You won’t stop because of that wedding, job change, or move. You’ll be ready to write no matter what.
Meet the challenging time head on. Circle it in your calendar and don’t allow a life hiccup to derail you.
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Life does happen, and my writing is still recovering from my time off this summer. But, looking back I don’t think there is much I could have done to change that. Except ACTUALLY writing in the time I set aside to write. This summer I attacked Twitter, and . . . while I have quite a few “followers” now, my book moved forward by a meagre 2 chapters. Distractions, distractions.
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