Make time to write (the return of #1kaday!). Today marks my return to writing Novel #2, In the Red, which I put on the back burner a few months back in order to work on the nonfiction title, Bully, that’s coming out in September. So it’s back to writing 1,000 words a day for me — every day — and by the end of summer I hope to have a completed first draft.
And I’m really serious. I will write 1,000 words every day. Every. Day. If I have beach plans, I will wake up early or stay up late to write. If I go away on vacation, my laptop will be coming with me this time (I usually try to leave work at home). If I have to miss a day of writing — hey, things happen, right? — I will double up the following day.
This is the only way it will get done for me. I know myself. I have to push. I have to stay on schedule. As I tell myself all the time, “This thing isn’t going to write itself.” I have to make the time. My family has been warned that I will often be frustrated and cranky and busy, and, as always, is totally supportive. (I’m lucky that way.)
If you’d like to join me during the next two months in writing 1,000 words per day, I’d love some company. Use the Twitter hashtag #1kaday, and we’ll cheer each other on.