Every Friday, I get a writing tip emailed to me from Holly Lisle. This week she talks about writing a little everyday. She said, in part:
I'm doing between 250 and 500 words a day, five days a week. I do it every day without fail, even if I don't feel like writing when I start, just because it's only 250 words to success.
It's nearly stress-free. It fits in around homeschooling the kid, creating courses, spending time in the Think Sideways writing community, and having a life.
She reminded me that even a little bit goes a long way. She also invited me (and everyone on her list *G*) to join in with encouraging others on her writing diary. It's no pressure, no worry, no unrealistic goals.
I think I'm going to do it. I can do 250 - 500 words a day. They may be crappy words, but they'll be words, and as time goes by they'll be better words. Writing is a real struggle for me right now, and it never used to be, so I'm having to learn how to do it all over again. I used to could turn out a 20,000 word novella in a couple of weeks. Novel in a month? No problem. Now, I can't even seem to finish the shortest of short stories no matter how much time I give myself.
I'm hoping that being part of a larger writing community with a daily check-in might both encourage me and make me accountable.
Here goes nothing!
You Are Sweet Potato Fries
You are open-minded and very inventive. You like to play around with new ideas.
You are excited by knowledge, and you like to put what you learn to the test.
You are a natural creator, and you love to make things. You are definitely a mad scientist.
Some of your ideas may be total flops, but you will produce valuable, original works one day.
That's mostly right...