Writing into the Dream – a six-week experiment in becoming a more productive writer
A quick recap:
Week 1: Write every day. Write something. Every day.
Week 2: Encourage your writing self.
Week 3: Schedule your writing.
Last week we said, schedule a specific time this week to write. Whether you have been writing for 15 minutes a day or 90 minutes a day, make this scheduled time longer. Let’s compare notes on how that went.
What I learned this week
Wednesday morning was the time I blocked out for my writing for my writing. Strangely enough, as I went through the week and Wednesday was approaching, I discovered I was looking forward to it.
Wait – what? I was looking forward to my writing?
I do enjoy writing … much of the time. But, to be honest, having to write can feel like a burden at times. Confession: at times I even dread writing.
What if I write terribly? What if my writing is boring? What if I make no progress on a writing project? That would feel like a waste of time. And, perhaps, that would mean that I am not a “real” writer.
But instead I was looking forward to my writing. Huh.
When Wednesday came I started my writing session. I was hoping to write for 3 hours, and I did. Yay! I had worried about feeling bored, or discouraged, of simply not like writing. But instead I worked on a couple of different projects, including my sketch-a-day project. It was a good feeling when I finished.
How about you? Were you successful in scheduling a block of writing? How did it go? Did you feel restless, or did you feel satisfied at the end of your writing time? Did you notice anything else about this week’s topic?
Productive Writer Strategy No. 4 – Write a letter to your writing.
Imagine your writing is something separate from you, something outside yourself. This week I’d like you to write a letter to your writing. What do you have to tell your writing? Do you have something you want to ask your writing?
Pull out a notepad, or open up your computer, and start writing to your writing. The letter may be a written message to your writing (“Dear Writing: I’m trying to understand you more. Why do you…?”). Or, it may be a dialog between you and your writing (“Me: What do you want to be, writing? Writing: “I’m not sure. I know that I want to be creative, imaginative, and fun …”)
Why? It has been said that writing is about finding what a piece wants to be. When we feel uninclined to write, or we feel our writing is dull or not as creative as we’d like, it can be helpful to open a dialogue with your writing. It can be helpful to find out what your writing wants to be. – Rather than what we want it to be.
This week, try going back to the “write every day” strategy. Even if it’s only for 15 minutes, let’s write every day. I’ve heard from many writers that the “write every day” strategy has been super-helpful for them, so let’s pledge to keep going on with that.
Write that letter to your writing!
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!