One of my favorite things to do when I’m supposed to be writing is to read about writing. And then talk about writing. And then write about writing. And then I had an epiphany.
I like drums.
And the people who play them.
Are you ready?
…None of that is the same thing as writing.
I know. Sheer brilliance. And they say blogging isn’t productive!
I’m sure that’s not groundbreaking for most of you, but I’m still young and ignorant and assimilating wisdom that most of you have known for years. In the world of writing, I’m a teenager who just earned her driving permit. Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness are on the horizon, but I still need lots of guidance. I need the wisdom of people older and more talented than me. I need to get on the highway in the middle of Dallas traffic and merge mid-anxiety attack with white knuckles and my mother screaming in the passenger seat.
That scenario is entirely fictitious, naturally.
(No. Seriously. My mother will never ride with me in Dallas.)
But most of all, I’m learning that I just need to turn my key in the ignition and drive.
I’m excited that so many of you are jumping in and taking the big risk with me this year. We’re learning together, we’re writing together, and one day we’ll get our shiny license with the picture that makes us look vaguely leprous.
Has the metaphor worn out its welcome yet?
Last week we made the decision that this year was the year. Let’s make this week the week. Everyone’s to do list is going to be unique, but here’s what I’m doing.
1. Rewriting my plot.
Some of my files didn’t survive the upgrade to the new iOs software. And my some, I mean everything I didn’t update the morning of the upgrade. I feel like I could tell the story I’m writing in my sleep, but it’s the most ambitious plot I’ve attempted (albeit that’s not saying much), and I need to pay close attention to the all of the various threads. I need to rewrite the chapter-by-chapter plot.
2. Write every morning.
I used to stay up until the wee hours of the morning and write. But when I start my day off with writing, I feel better the rest of the day. A plus side is knowing my alarm is going to go off at 5:30 means I’m more vigilant about getting good rest.
3. Finish two chapters.
Rather, rewrite a chapter and write a new one. Sometimes, when I submit my writing for critique in my Saturday morning workshop, I know the work is good. Other times, I cringe when I hit send because I know it isn’t ready. I know there are holes (or it’s just one huge cavernous abyss). The latter is what happened last week. I’m usually a proponent of Keep Calm And Write Forward. But there are some significant issues that need to be addressed in last week’s chapter.
If I meet my goals, I’m rewarding myself with a new book on Saturday.
If I don’t, no Starbucks for the next week.
What are you doing this week? Researching? Brainstorming? Revising?