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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.

6 thoughts on “RoW80 – Week 2, Wednesday Check In”

  1. I found that, in timing my writing, I got faster over a few years.

    I have unschooled since my kids were 4 and 7. I’ve learned to write around lots of distraction – to stop in the middle, and come back to what I was doing.

    The catch is that it doesn’t work for everything. If I know I need to be able to focus deeply, I’ll wait till my teens are gaming and/or in their rooms. I can ask them for time, but I don’t think it’s fair to overuse that privilege.

    I generally write in my own room, where I have a nice L-shaped work space with a good desktop setup and a laptop I often use on my bed (like right now).

    I’m glad ROW80 is helping you find greater success in your writing goals!

    1. RayofFingSunshine says:

      Sounds like you have a good system in place to get the writing done. I’m living in an RV with two dogs and another adult human; one of the (few from my point of view) drawbacks to small space living is the lack of office area with a good desk setup. I have been eyeing noise canceling headphones or ear plugs. Maybe I just need more practice to learn to work around the distractions.

  2. Fallon Brown says:

    For me, the best time for writing seems to be in the morning. My kids are early risers, too, so I’ve been getting up at 4 for a few years now to get some writing in before they wake up. Since both of them are in school, I use most of my time with the house to myself to get my writing in, with a few breaks for eating and getting some other things done. Then, in the afternoon, I do the bulk of the chore stuff and that also leaves me most of the evening for reading usually.

    Looks like the writing is going well for you this week.

    1. RayofFingSunshine says:

      I work the midnight to 8am shift at a senior center a few times a week but to maintain the third shift schedule, I’m always awake for those wee hours of the morning. It has been a great time for me to get writing done. The world is quiet. Getting writing sessions in later in the day is more of a challenge and when I’m done, writing wise, I’m done. My brain feels fried so I nap or try to do things that are more physical.

  3. Lila Leigh says:

    I like keeping track and timing my writing. As you said, it gives me a better idea if what I need.

    As for writing locations, I can write anywhere. My problem is getting into the right frame of mind to start.

    1. RayofFingSunshine says:

      I’m glad to hear that I’m not the only one who times my writing sessions. Sometimes I’m amazed at how long I can focus. Other times, I’m a little appalled with how bad my concentration is.

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