Writing into the Dream – a six-week experiment in becoming a more productive writer
Okay! Where are we so far? We said:
Week 1: Write every day. Write something. Every day.
Week 2: Encourage your writing self.
We wanted to be more productive writers, we wanted to write more and to have more momentum in our writing. What can I say about this?
What I learned this week
As corny as it sounded to write every day, it wasn’t as hard as I had thought. Some days I only wrote for a short 15 minutes at the end of the day, and many days I wrote longer. But here’s the surprise: often that little 15 minutes was a small gem. It was a new start to a story, it was a key part of a scene, or it was simply a fun expression of my own creativity.
How often do we say to ourselves: I don’t have time to write today, I’m too busy? I know I do! But now I know that a little gem awaits me if I just pull out a notepad and write for a short time. Perhaps it’s something about taking the pressure off that makes these little gems appear. Or maybe it’s that my mind was prepared to write something, so it came out. It was a great feeling!
How about you? How did the second week of your “write every day” commitment go? What did you learn; how did it feel to try to write every day?
I hope you’re still with us! Let’s look at the next strategy.
Productive Writer Strategy No. 3 – Schedule a writing appointment for yourself.
This week, pull out your calendar. Pick one day and schedule a looong block of time just for your writing. Make it at least 90 minutes, perhaps longer if you regularly write for 90 minutes already.
Why? If you made an appointment for the dentist, or to go see a play, you would put it on your calendar, right? Why not try giving the same attention to your writing, to your own creativity? And, after you have made this appointment for your writing, don’t allow yourself to dwell on it, don’t tell yourself you have to get that new story written, or the next scene in your novel, at your writing appointment. Instead, try to find ways to look forward to it. Do you want to start something brand new? Do you want to try writing in a new, fun place? How about calling up a writing friend and planning to meet them to write together?
Focus on this one looong block of writing time as your “must do” item. In other words, it’s okay to let up on “writing every day” just for this week. It’s fine to write every day anyway if you’d like to, but I would like to suggest that you focus your willpower to make sure you keep your “writing appointment.” And, be sure you use the time to do something encouraging with your creative-writer-self.
Share your thoughts!
We are in this together! Feel free to add a reply-comment about how your week went – what you learned, how you felt. Did you make your writing appointment? How did it feel?
As always, I wish you the gift of finding your own voice, and of enjoying your own creative expression.
Looking forward to hearing from you!