I love this month long writing. This pushing myself to write daily is so important. It shows me what I can do. It shows me that writing produces more writing. It brings so many wonderful writers and their ideas into my quiet writing life. It feels good to produce but also to learn.
The question now as we near the end of this month is – What is next? I have this blog I love writing on. Another one on wild gardens I am re in-visioning and a middle grade novel I am writing for fun. That is a lot to keep going and to be learning from.
I wonder how to create a balance between all things wonderful. It is clear I can’t write daily in all three areas. Brain overload – plus I have other parts of my life to attend to (all those plants growing in my basement need to get out into the garden sometime if the snow goes away).
I need to make a commitment to which projects I will follow but also to write daily. I did it this month – so can I keep it going?
Here are my current plans:
- The JL blog, this one, I will continue every Tuesday with SOL (one day a week)
- The GardenLearning blog needs attention now that the garden season is opening. It needs a few days a week to get back up and running (two days a week)
- I was writing for It’s Monday! What are you reading? each week but now I think that may need to take a back seat for a while (focus, I need to focus!! So I will show up there every other week or so just because I can stop reading and I have to tell someone.)
- Middle grade novel – Here is where I need to make a push to get things moving. This is writing that is not visible to other at this time. It is writing for me which is so hard to do. I let this one go over and over again with the excuse that I need to write for my blog. So here is the commitment that the personal writing is also important. I want to make a commitment to write something connected to my novel at least 4 days a week. – Wow, that is a big deal.
Writing is hard work. It take time, thought, patience, and determination. It also takes putting your seat down and taking out the paper and pen or the computer and doing it.
I am retired at this point (working a bit for a school but still – lots of open time) so now is my time to write. I can take on a few more writing activities than some who are still in the thick of working, especially teaching.
Given that writing is hard but fun I know that if I don’t make a commitment to write it just won’t happen.
How about you? What will you do when April 1 rolls around – will you quit writing until next March or find a little time once or twice a week to write?
What commitment will you make to yourself about writing?