Saturday, 15 September 2012

Getting in the habit

Another piece of wisdom I took away from the Festival was this: write every day. No matter if you only write a bit that ends up being scrapped, just write.

Have I written every day since then? There was one day when I told myself I didn't have the time. I did, I just couldn't bring myself to think about my novel after a long day at work. Even though I wasn't writing, though, I made myself sit down and think about where I want this rewrite to go. I planned some character developments and wrestled with a plot point. Ok, I didn't sit at my laptop, but by the time I got there the following day I had something concrete to put into practice.

Until this rewrite is finished, I pledge to write every single day. Even if it's just one word. Even if it's a note to myself scribbled on the back of a napkin. This novel has the potential to be published, possibly even to be great within its genre, but it won't get there unless I take it seriously.


  1. Excellent!!! Yes, it's getting into the habit of writing - not just a whim. I know this spiel well. I still struggle with it. I've been writing a lot more lately - but I haven't managed to write every single day. I think I took last week off, frankly (feeling guilty about it, now!). Too many distractions, but today is a new day! So, I'm writing. :) YOU CAN DO IT!!!

  2. Hi Eleanor,I don't write every day, it's just not possible with 5 kids :) But I do write every week, often two or three times a week. I think it's OK to chuck out the rule book and find out what kind of writer you are. Impose your own rules rather than anybody else's :)