Day 140 – The itch to write something new

Day one hundred forty of my 365 Day Writing Project.

Words for Days 138, 139 and 140 – 1,000

This weekend was not a big writing weekend for me. In fact, I barely knocked out 1,000 words between Friday and tonight. I actually wanted to take off the weekend from writing altogether, but I thought better of it and decided to keep true to my goal of writing every day. Even if I only managed to write a couple hundred words, it would still be better than nothing.

Since I started this project 140 days ago, I have been writing a book. I’m nearing completion, which I believe is now only a couple of chapters away. You’d think since I’m getting close to finishing I would want to focus on writing the end and getting it done. You’d think that. But no, I like to keep things interesting.

For the first time in the last 140 days, I had an itch to write something else. Nothing in particular – maybe a short story or other fun piece writing – as long as it was something other than my current book. As it turned out, I didn’t do it. I decided to keep my focus rather than start something new. But don’t worry, I’m going to scratch that itch another time.

Day 112 – Excitement in the story affects efficiency and productivity

Day one hundred twelve of my 365 Day Writing Project.

Words for days 110, 111 and 112: 3,900

This weekend was a good one for writing. My story was exciting to write and I had some time to work on it. After my slow and difficult “Where to go from here?” Day 109, I started writing on Day 110 with a new idea. Something unexpected for my main character to go through, which totally worked. The story got exciting again, which meant so did the process of writing. And that made all the difference.

I have found my weekend writing schedule to be sporadic and unpredictable. Since I’m not working at my day job on the weekends, I sometimes get to write during the day. 200 words here, 1,000 words there. I fit it in when I can, but I don’t allow myself to get too wrapped up in it because my family deserves my time more than anything else. So I squeeze it in here and there. Last weekend that meant writing in my parked car outside a hockey rink before my daughter’s game. This weekend that meant writing in the car while my husband drove us to Massachusetts for a wedding. I seize my moments as I find them. I believe the excitement of the story in those moments makes me a more efficient and productive writer. Now if only it could always be like that…

Day 105 – Finding time to write on weekends

Day one hundred five of my 365 Day Writing Project.

Words: 1,600 (for days 103, 104 and 105 combined).

I often say to others that weekends should be three days instead of two. Every time I say this, I receive a resounding “I agree!” kind of response. Despite the fact that I have yet to meet anyone who thinks two days off is enough, it doesn’t look like the tradition of two-day weekends is going to change anytime soon. This means that finding time to write over our busy weekends will continue to be a challenge for me.

Challenge is good.