What to do? I knew this would happen because I have become such an off the cuff writer. I have no idea what to post about. I tried to think all day yesterday what my posts would be about, but I never could come up with an idea. Which I figured would happen because of my writing habits. By scheduling these posts in advance and writing everyday, I hope to change my habits.
I want writing to become a daily habit. While at times it can be a lot of work and wholly frustrating when I’m trying to edit a piece, it is something I want to take seriously and something I do enjoy doing when you add everything up. And that’s why I want to make this a habit.
Knowing that the posts are scheduled in advance, has made writing everyday a little easier. I’m not sitting at the computer, trying to edit, thinking that I need to write a blog post. They’re already done and scheduled and I can focus on writing. I read an old post on Julie Anne Lindsey’s blog about writing everyday and scheduling that time and how it has precluded writers block. And as a pantser, I have to grudgingly admit in the last week, that has been true.
Over the last seven days, I’ve written over a hundred words a day. I averaged 325 words a day, not including the three blog posts I wrote and scheduled in advance. And the edits that have been made on my first manuscript have been better than any of the previous attempts I’ve made on this draft. I am almost afraid to admit how many drafts this particular story has been through, but I am determined to get these manuscript out into the world whether that be through traditional methods or a self-published ebook.
So I will continue to plug away and schedule these posts and write every day. I have to get these habits down now because if I do become a successful (please, please, please) author, having these habits in place will help if my schedule becomes even more hectic. Not to mention I don’t want to completely fall of the grid simply because I took a vacation 😉
Have you incorporated any new writing habits? If not, do your current habits work?