Day 162 – Standing, it is

Day one hundred sixty-two of my 365 Day Writing Project.

Words: 500

Tonight was a short session of writing for a couple of reasons. First, it was my birthday and we had a house-full of family over for dinner and birthday cake, which means I’m exhausted and stuffed to the gills with cake and ice cream. Secondly, despite how great standing up while writing has been working for me, I decided to sit down on the couch to write tonight. Big mistake. HUGE. (name that movie.)

Naturally, I have been nodding off left and right while trying to write. Newsflash to self: you can’t write when you’re asleep. At best you might get a long string of “LLLL’s” or some other letter as your head bobs and fingers press random keys. This notion of staying awake to write is not a complex one. I had it all figured out and then foolishly decided to try something else. Well, no more. Tomorrow, it’s back to standing.

Day 161 – Writing speed shouldn’t be a factor

Day one hundred sixty-one of my 365 Day Writing Project.

Words for Days 160 and 161: 1,500

When I first started this project last July, in addition to word count I kept track of the time I spent writing each day. I wanted to do this for two reasons: 1) to get a feel for how much time I could make for writing each day; and 2) to learn about my writing efficiency. After about a month or so I stopped keeping track. Although the information I collected was valuable, once I saw my patterns I didn’t really need to know more. I had no intention of trying to improve those patterns in any formal sense. Specifically, I didn’t want to focus on my writing efficiency because when you commit to writing every day, you don’t make a race of it. Speed shouldn’t be a factor, and for me, it isn’t.

But tonight I wrote 1,000 words in a short amount of time. Much faster than normal. I appreciated that efficiency since I started late. I didn’t force myself to write faster than normal, it just happened that way. As most writers (and artists) know, sometimes the creative flow comes out like a fire hose. Other times, it’s a trickle. Which is why I believe that writing speed shouldn’t be a factor, ever, because you can’t force the flow.