Today I started writing again, after fifty-three days of Zero Words on the page (excluding blog entries). There’s only 163 of them today, and they aren’t great ones. But they’re present in all their black-on-white-background glory.
Every time I’m out of the writing routine, for any length of time, I’m amazed at how hard it is to get back into the groove. Each time I tell myself, “This time, I won’t stop. I won’t get out of the routine. I’ll write everyday. Every Single Day. Even if it’s only a handful of words.”
Sadly, life happens. It happens in little ways, like chasing three kids down with a Kleenex when we all get the latest cold. It happens in big ways, like when you look at things too hard and let self-doubt take over your mind.
Well, life has been happening to me… A Lot. I had lost interest in reading and writing. It has been taking me [on average] a week or more to finish a book. Completely unheard of before the winter brought on my scapegoat, Seasonal Affect Disorder. I found myself posting less and less on the Writer’s Forum. What did I have to post since I wasn’t writing?
Kids, work, bills, S.A.D., self-doubt….more excuses for me to be lazy. What I need is a word counter I can post here on my blog, maybe Facebook as well (which seems to be my biggest distraction of late), so that I have some sort of public accountability. Not that my mere twenty followers even check this page daily, but they might. And someone just might call me out for not writing. *Cough* This means you Compuserve Ladies who have blogs I follow—Zan Marie, Tara, Spesh, Claire and Susan, and Laura.
I’ll state my goals here, as well as the Forum, for the month.
1. Write every day on my WIP
2. Read at least one book per week
3. Post on this blog at least weekly