While I don’t believe that there is any one way to write a book, or any one way to organize one’s time to do it, I do believe that we don’t do ourselves any good by stressing about it. Instead, maybe we need to stay tuned into our creativity and JUST WRITE.
That book will never get written if your butt isn’t in the chair and you aren’t writing/typing/keying/dictating. That’s just the cold hard fact of the matter.
WRITE EVERY DAY –
Some people write the first thing in the morning. But my “first thing” is to do my Bible reading, prayers and meditation. Then chores, a shower and on with the day. My writing time can be ten minutes here and there during the day, as taught to me by mentors like Christine Bush and April Kihlstrom, or at night between 9 and 1130 as my body and mind dictate. Find your time, and write when you can. Just do some EVERY day.
SET A GOAL –
Some folks do word count, some do page count, some do chapter count. Doesn’t matter, just make it realistic and do it. I find for me that page count is good, but I know a lot of people who like word count better. Hold yourself accountable, but don’t set goals that guarantee you will fail. 750 words a day is 3 double-spaced pages. Try starting there – adjust as needed.
MAINTAIN BALANCE –
There isn’t a single thing on God’s green earth that is good for you in excess. Not religion, sex, food, alcohol or work. Write some, play some, clean some, cook some, eat some, read some, spend time with others, some. Obsessions will destroy you, so replace them with balance. Even a workaholic like me has learned that laughter and hugs and sit ups with that silly orange ball have added a lot of quality to my life.
TRY NEW THINGS –
A new martini, a new author, a new restaurant, a new radio station, a new store! Learn a new word, try writing in a new POV! Write a poem, write a review, write a letter to the editor.
BE GRATEFUL –
I thank God for this day and His wisdom and grace. For my love of words and books. I’m thankful that my arthritis is in my neck and hip and not in my hands. I’m thankful for Poe and Hemmingway, Parker, and Grafton and a hundred other authors. Write a thank you card, stop in at another author’s book signing, visit a blog and leave an encouraging post! Thankful people are happy people.
GET ENOUGH REST –
DO NOT underestimate the value of getting enough good sleep. Our weight, mental clarity and creativity, energy, personality and overall happiness are dictated by the quality and quantity of our sleep. As we get older this is even more important – so be sure to plan your 6-8 hours and get them!!
Be well and keep reading and writing! NQ