RoW80 – Week 2, Wednesday Check In
It’s still early days yet but the accountability and social aspect of A Round of Words in 80 Days seems to be helping motivate me to get my writing done. I wish it was all internal motivation but the external peer approval helps a lot. For anyone who hasn’t tried it yet, I really recommend giving it a shot if you want to write more. You can find the blog post check in here or visit the group over on Facebook to meet others doing the challenge.
Monday – 632 words – dog blog post
Tuesday – 919 words fiction – a chase-erotica scene. Vampire/Human – I’m not sure if it’s part of a longer short or will just end up on LitErotica. I’ll have to think about it a bit. It started from a weird dream and just spilled from my hands to the keyboard. Less than an hour for over 900 words. I’m sure it needs some editing, of course.
Wednesday – 800 words fiction – Roommates, part 3 – It’s at a good stopping place now at just over 2500 words for the scene. I need to look at it later in the week and edit before posting. Readers on LitErotica are not extremely picky but I like to give stories at least a light edit. Writing today took close to 90 minutes, which is kinda long-ish for 800 words but it flowed okay. It wasn’t a struggle. I knew I wanted to write it today so I read the first two parts with their comments and then the start of the third part I had already written. It prepared me mentally for writing the rest of this part.
It might seem strange to time the writing but I really want to eventually be able to publish. That means I need to figure out how much time I need to set aside to set a realistic writing schedule. I don’t just want to fit writng in when I have time. Making it a priority is imporntant to me.
My fiction writing seems to flow best at home, when my nesting partner is either sleeping or out somewhere. My non-fiction seems to work best if he is sleeping, occupied with gaming. I get distracted if I’m trying to write while he is watching netflix or if he is doing something active. Oddly enough, I don’t seem to have trouble concentrating on non-fiction while in a coffee shop or at work. It’s not people moving around me that is the problem; it’s that my partner is distracting and doesn’t seem to understand my obsession with writing.
Do you have a time or place or situation that you use to get ready for writing and help you find your focus? I’d love to hear what you do. Maybe it will give me suggestions to try.