Getting Myself Back Into the Writing Groove
A few months ago, I accepted Shaunta Grimes’ 30 Day Writing Challenge — and completed it! It was difficult, but I did it. Since then though, life has gotten in the way — work has been busy, especially the past few months, and I’ve also been busy with my new house. I miss writing every day, so I want o try getting back into the writing groove, whether I’m working on a paid assignment or not. So here’s my plan for getting myself back to writing every day:
I want to write every day for at least 15 minutes, whether I’m working on a paid assignment or writing a story on Medium, or both.
My Ideas for How to Get There
- Get up every day at 6:00 am and write for a bit — of course I’ve been having a hard time with this, especially with the holidays and also the fact that it’s so cold out that I all I want to do is stay under my covers as long as I can. So if I can’t, I’ll go to idea #2:
- Hand-write my daily ideas in the journal I’m going to keep my by couch or bed (depending on whether I’m sleeping in the family room or the bedroom!)
- Use some kind of reminder/accountability website (I’m checking into a few) to help me stay. I’ve been using Beeminder for a while to try to do this, but I’ve been lying to myself a lot with it — putting in that I spent time on my goals when I actually didn’t.
- Go back to using my 500 words Beeminder goal, which links with Draft (check out my post on creating a writing habit with Beeminder and Draft: https://medium.com/@emartin1974/create-a-daily-writing-habit-with-beeminder-and-draft-37a761d17ab7)
- Start writing all my drafts in Draft so Beeminder can track my writing.
- When I’m traveling, hand-write my ideas in my writing journal or travel journal — type these up in Draft when I can.
If you have any other ideas for how I can achieve this goal, I’d love to hear them. And if you enjoyed this post, please be sure to clap for it.