First, let's take a look at my goals for last week to see what I've accomplished:
- Keep up to date with the DIY MFA prompts
Day 1 went fine, Day 2, sort of. And after that - the less said the better.
- Comment on my ROW80 team's blogs
Which leads nicely into something I read in a newsletter I'm subscribed to.
Writing is a luxury.
If it's not what you do for a living, then it's a luxury.
You'd think- I know I used to! - that it would be so easy to just pencil in a half hour or a couple of hours or whatever to sit down and write. But it just doesn't work like that. Not in my life, anyway. Sure, I can pencil in writing times, but that's no guarantee they're going to happen!
So that's why I tried the ol' 15-minute writing experiment. If I can't get a 2 hour session, then let's get at least one 15-minute session per day.
Which will segue nicely into one achievement (of sorts) that I didn't plan for this week.
In the one and only 15 minutes I had this week, I wrote the grand total of two ideas on a scene beat sheet for my opening scene.
(Why am I back to the novel again after walking into a brick wall with my hero? Well, it occurred to me that the hero doesn't really come into the novel in a significant way until Sequence 2, so there was no reason why I couldn't go back and write the new scenes for Sequence 1.)
Jim Denney explained why it's hard to write when anything emotional crops up. (Go check out his book Writing in Overdrive. It's a gem.) And I can't think of anything more emotional than where I'm at in my life right now.
So where does this leave me in terms of ROW80? If I can't guarantee regular writing time, how am I to achieve any goals I set? There's nothing more disheartening than setting goals and not being able to reach them.
I'm very slowly making my way through a Waldorf online course at the moment - should have considered that when I set those goals! - and one of the aspects of Waldorf in early childhood that I love is the idea of a daily rhythm, of slowing down, of being in the moment, of the child knowing what's going to happen throughout his day and feeling safe and nurtured in his world.
Slowing down is the key. It's why I go to the Community Fires. It's why I'm drawn to the Waldorf early childhood ethos. It's why my hero's words - I can't be what you want me to be - has started me off on a spiritual journey.
This was going to be a short post, believe it or not, but the words and ideas are spilling out so I'll let them go free. Stream of Consciousness-style.
Anyway, I haven't a clue where my writing fits into a 'Live in the Moment' life that is slow and mindful. Maybe I need to go to a quiet place, get slow and mindful, breathe deep and just ask the question and see what answer I get.
I'll make THAT my goal for this week.
Please check out the other ROW80 writers to see how they're doing this week.
Shan's comment below reminded me that I actually do write every day - I keep forgetting about my journalling! I'm a writer. Maybe I'm not a novelist, but I AM a writer. :)