Once upon a time, (actually probably about a dozen times over the years) I joined a bunch of writer friends led by author April Kihlstrom, in an exercise called Book in a Week. Now before you decide I’m out of my mind, it really is quite an amazing opportunity to write some awesome stuff!
But the real lesson – the one I wanted to share with you – is that I learned that I could write a great deal – with very little “real” time! Got doctor appointments? Use that waiting time and write in a notebook that you can keep with you – or on index cards, or on your tablet – but keep writing. Take a lunch break – keep writing. Get the kids to bed, take a shower and then write for a half hour. Over the course of days filled with dashing about, I averaged over 1000 words a day.
The other important lesson I learned – a biggie for getting the first draft completed – is that when creating, just write. Don’t edit, don’t think, just forge ahead and keep writing. Make that promise to yourself, that for 7 consecutive days you will write every single day.
Working like that for a 7 day period will give you surprising results! Okay, you might want to stock up on paper plates and recruit some family cooperation – but it’s only for 1 week!
So perhaps in this very busy Christmas and winter holiday season, you can use this strategy to just keep writing and moving forward on that book of your heart! And if you love dynamic and fun Regency romances as well as cool mysteries, look up April Kihlstrom at Amazon – she won’t disappoint.
Wishing you happiness, good health and all good things! Keep reading and writing, no matter what! Nancy Q.