Day 17 – You can’t always plan your writing time

Day seventeen of My 365 Day Writing Project.

Time: 1.5 hours

Words: 1,550

Now that’s more like it. One thing I have learned from this project is that my usual writing pace is around 1,000 words per hour. Yesterday’s effort fell way short of my usual pace, due to my own poor choices around my writing time. I had no sooner decided last night to try to stick to one block of uninterrupted writing time per day, when I found myself wanting to write today at a really inopportune time. A time filled with distractions and interruptions: Dinnertime.

I felt inspired. I had some ideas bouncing around in my mind and I wanted to get back into the story. So I did…while I was cooking dinner and directing my kids to help out with cleaning and setting the table. WHAT. THE. HECK. Did I not learn anything from yesterday? Did I really just do exactly the opposite of what I had decided to do less than twenty-four hours ago? Yup. I put my laptop on the kitchen counter and knocked out about 500 words while I made dinner. 

My plan was to write after the kids went to bed, which I also did, but I felt such the need to write at that moment in the kitchen, I just went with it. It worked out fine. I guess you can’t always plan your writing time, just like you can’t always plan how your story will develop. An organic process is healthy, as odd and inconvenient as it may turn out to be. 

Side note: I have decided to share some short excerpts from the book I am writing. These will be raw, unedited pieces of work, but hopefully they will be somewhat interesting and enjoyable for some of you. Stay tuned for these “Snippets,” to be posted at random.