I want to write. No really, I want to write. I have this feeling inside of me that when I’m engrossed in doing something else, the urge to write becomes overpowering. Just like right now, I’m at work (come on, we all do it) and very busy I might add, but all I could think about was writing. 9 times out of 10, I have no idea WHAT I want to be writing, I just know I want to be writing something.
Then I sit at my desk thinking about all the different things I could be doing if I wasn’t at work. I think about all the different places I could travel and write. Then it hits me, if I don’t spend time writing at home, at work or where I am currently, what makes me think I will write when I’m on a tropical island, lying in a hammock out by the ocean sipping on any number of favorite drinks.
If I want to write, I need to do it consistently. I need to do it daily. And now is the perfect time to start. National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is the perfect vehicle to get me started on my journey. Basically what you do during NaNoWriMo is write a 50,000-word novel in 30 days, during the month of November. Is 50,000 words a novel? No. But it’s a great start. And it’s a great start to get into the habit of writing consistently, daily. To get 50,000 words completed in 30 days, you have to write at least 1,667 words a day.
Time. When will I find the time to write 1,667 words a day? Well, I guess I will have to start using my time a little more wisely.
Step One: In the Morning
I’ve already been working towards this. Get up between 5am and 5:30 am weekday mornings. To some, this may not be a big deal but for me, it’s a challenge. I’m used to going to bed around 11pm/midnight. My body doesn’t function well on 5 hours of sleep. But I know that if I want to get some writing done, I have to get up that early in the morning.
First thing in the morning is my quiet time with God. My time to read scripture, time for reflection and conversation with my Father. Then I do my morning stretches (which I’m hoping to turn into a 30-minute morning workout). Afterwards, I need to sit down at the table and write for at least 30 minutes. This won’t get me to my 1,667 word count for the day but it’ll be a good start.
Step Two: In Between
When I take my breaks at work, I need to be writing. When an idea hits me while I’m at work (and definitely while I’m on the computer) I need to write. While I’m standing in line waiting for lunch, write. This is where my iPhone notepad app will come in handy.
Step Three: In Conclusion
With the time spent during the day, I should be able to get pretty close to my 1,667 word count by the time I make it home in the evening. Oh come on, who am I fooling? With work, two teenage girls, school (yes, did I fail to mention that I’m in school), and let’s not forget that I’ve started my own business on the side, how much writing will I really be able to get done each day?
Well that’s what this journey is all about. That’s what this blog, Nyrobi Writes, is all about. The journey of writing through all else that goes on in life.
- With only a week leading up to 2012 NaNoWriMo, I will be posting what I’ve been doing to prepare for this challenge.
- I will then post everyday during NaNo to share my ups and downs, the challenges and the successes.
- After NaNo, continue to follow me as I strive to continue my writing journey. I’m sure to learn a lot about writing but also a lot about myself on this journey. I look forward to sharing with you and you with me through your comments.
Let the journey begin!