I’m sure you are all dying to know how my writing has gone. It’s time for an update.
I have the plot of my story figured out, but it’s fluid. Two chapters in, and I’ve already had to change something from that original plot. Still, I’m pretty happy with what I got so far. I’m trying not to think about the writing quality and focus on the story.There will be plenty of time to edit and fine tune when the story is down.
As the days get colder, my writing has slowed. That’s why I’m blaming it one, but I’m wondering if waking up at 4AM is wearing me down. I changed my alarm and started sleeping in until 5AM last week. In addition, I found a spot on one of my couches to focus on my writing. The café is lovely, but there is no way to avoid the blast of arctic air when people come in. I was starting to spend more time shivering than writing. So, now I sit in my apartment, surrounded by warm air with no potential for someone to interrupt my peace with an open door.
Woke up between 7 and 8AM before I started this crazy writing goal? I was one of the lucky ones until I decided to wake up early. I’ve always been a morning person, but I’m starting to wonder if that means I’m full of energy by 8AM. My energy peaks around 10AM. I can get so much done around 10AM.
Way back, before most of you probably started to follow me, I started Saturday writing sessions. I would wake up when I felt like it, casually makes breakfast for myself and then make my way to the café or library for a day filled with writing. In one day, I could write as much as I’ve written in a week with my new endeavor. For better or for worse, I happen to have a social life. I know it’s hard to believe, but D, friends and family all want to hang out with me. Here I am, wishing for a free Saturday. Ha! That never happens.
While these early mornings started out great, I’m starting to rethink the whole idea. I’m reminded of something my favorite author once said in an interview. She said she’d always had this desire to write her own stories, but didn’t have the self-discipline to do so until her late 20s. I think that’s where I am. My mind is filled with ideas, but I have yet to organize my life in a way that allows them to flow out.
A lot of good has grown out of my early writing this month. I’ve made progress in my story and solidified my desire to get something written. One thing is sure, I am the only one who can make my dream of writing a book come true. It’s an odd hobby that I doubt many understand. I will make it happen…. but I think I’m going to return to my usual waking hours.
My New Plan:
Gather all of my writing tools and take them to work with me. After work, I will drive straight to a café or library to get my writing groove on. There, I will sit for a few hours. This isn’t something I will be able to do every afternoon, but I’m hoping I will be able to get more written this way.