Day 152 – Slowing down to make room for writing

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

Words for Days 149, 150, 151 and 152: 2,200

It was a nice break from reality the past few days. Not having to get up and get kids off to school and daycare, go to work, and meet all of the usual daily obligations has been a much-needed respite. It has been busy in other ways, but much less intense. It is nice to be able to say that about the holidays. I know for some it can be even more intense than ‘normal.’

I’m happy with the amount of writing I did over the past few days of holiday celebration. Sure, it isn’t really all that much, but I had planned on much less. It was nice to surpass my own expectations. Slowing things down made all the difference. I wasn’t on my normal schedule. I wasn’t stressed about the next day. I just was. This removed the sense of urgency and “I have to get this done” that is usually hanging over my head when I sit down to write. I had more room, so-to-speak, to be a writer. The result was a feeling of pleasant contentment for me, and more colorful writing for my manuscript. I have more days off next week so I hope to maintain this slower pace. What is better for me is better for my writing.

Day 125 – There is nothing wrong with setting the bar low

Day one hundred twenty-five of my 365 Day Writing Project.

Words for Days 121, 122, 123, 124 and 125: 2,800

First let me clarify the title of this post. Generally speaking, I believe in setting the bar reasonably high. I say “reasonably” because I’m not a super overachiever. I’d be terrible at it. I am too committed to maintaining a life balance. Overachieving anything, in my humble opinion, requires throwing off the balance. Depending on the goal, something or perhaps a lot of things have to give. Dedicating myself to 365 days of daily writing is setting the bar reasonably high, but nothing more. And here is why: when life requires it, I set the bar for my daily word goal nice and low.

Since this was a holiday week, I gave myself the simple goal of writing at least a couple of sentences each day while we were visiting relatives. Now that’s a goal I can live up to. And guess what? The least amount I wrote in a single day between Tuesday to Saturday was 150 words. Hell yeah, knocked it out of the park. Obviously, I know that’s peanuts in a writer’s world, but I did write every day while in the throes of a holiday break with tons of relatives and activities and distractions and…food. LOTS of food. And I still managed to log a decent amount for the five days. So, yeah. Knocked it out of the park.

Day 120 – Finding time to write during a holiday break

Day one hundred twenty of my 365 Day Writing Project.

Words: 500

It’s Thanksgiving week, which for my family (like so many others) involves traveling and spending time with a lot of relatives. With the prospect of a large snow storm on Wednesday, we may be bumping up our travel plans to tomorrow. This means that finding time to write as of now is going to be especially tricky for the next several days. In addition to coordinating a large assembly for every meal and tackling each one like an Olympic event, my family always has several other activities that take place. Because these next several days are sure to be busy, my only plan for this week is to make sure I write every day even if only a couple of sentences. Anything more than that will be a bonus.

Happy Thanksgiving!