For my first blog post I wanted to talk about how I write consistently and stay on track. The short answer? I don’t. I have set for myself the personal goal of writing at least 500 words a day. It’s a small enough number that it isn’t a scary chore, but is big enough that I tend to get on a roll and continue writing even after I finish the 500 words.
The main reasons I tend to not reach that goal are family related, school related, and just general writers block and/or fear.
For those that don’t know, I am the oldest child of 8. I’m 21 and then the list goes 19, 15, 5, 3, 3, 2, and 11 months. That’s a LOT of little people that I live with. And most of the time, my main goal of the day is to spend time with them and help my parents when I can. I love my siblings dearly and love being so involved with their education and growing up.
However, it does, very often, give me a very good excuse not to write. “Oh, I should help get the kids down for a nap!” “I want to go to the store with my mom so she doesn’t have to take the kids inside and I can get a coffee.” (I live off of coffee and Dr. Pepper).
So with that problem, I am going to try and set some parameters and goals that will help me get my work done. I want to set a daily time for me to sit and write, brainstorm, or research for my book. I think that being involved in my book and going into that world daily will help me to write better every day. Another way that I am helping with that is a writing group that I am in with my father! (Go check out his socials and site linked below!) He is also writing a super cool fiction novel that I am so excited to read. In our writing group we meet once a week, we write individually for about 30 minutes, and then we either discuss issues that we are facing or read each other’s work and give feedback.
Unfortunately, I am not just writing books. I am also nursing student and with that comes a hectic schedule. I am in class 5-6 days a week and have homework out the wazoo! I also have an inconsistent schedule, which is really difficult for me. I personally would prefer to have everything exactly the same every day, that’s just how I’ve always been.
To combat this, I am going to find a specific time that will be open every single day and I will make that time specifically for my book/writing time. I feel like this consistency we be really beneficial to my weird schedule brain.
Writer’s block and/or Writing Fears
Yes you read that correctly. I am sometimes afraid to write. I worry that I’m not good enough or that people won’t like it. That they will criticize me for writing the way I do. I want to do well and I want people to enjoy the world and the characters that live in my head.
Also, writer’s block. That’s it. Sometimes I just cannot think about what should happen next.
To help me with these things are my writing group, it will help to have deadlines and a person to bounce ideas off to. And just knuckling through. I continue to write because I like it and I like my story. I want my 7 siblings to read my stories and love them like I do. I want them, and everyone for that matter, to see the wonderful world in my head and experience the magic.
So that’s all I have for now. I hope you can relate or maybe you even have some more pointers to help me out! Drop a comment and subscribe for more content. I’m thinking that I’ll be posting one of the short stories that I wrote when I was younger on here soon. Would you be interested in that?
Until then, Scrappy out!
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