|Round 2 April 2-June 21|
What good habits and discipline do I want to establish? Writing more days than not. I won't say "every day" because I know that won't work out. Some days won't have that space, so I would just be setting myself up for disappointment, and I don't want that. But a regular, more-days-than-not writing habit? I can do that. And I won't require hours of writing each time I write. Fifteen minutes works for me.
I want the habit of setting my intention for writing each morning by making a note for myself of what I'm going to work on that day and when I'm going to do it. I think a sticky note or index card in front of me with that promise on it will go a long way toward helping me not forget what I mean to do.
I want the habit of connecting with my writer friends when I'm about to get started by sending out a note (probably on Twitter) with my plan for that day's writing and an announcement that I'm getting started; when I'm finished I will wrap it up with another note to say what I got done. I like the accountability of this--it doesn't require anyone else to have to pay attention to my check-ins, but it gives me the feeling that someone is looking, which means I'm much more likely to actually do the writing when I sit down.
|The shiny new story idea!|
And now for those ROW80 goals:
- Write at least 15 minutes each weekday; weekends are optional
- Participate in the ROW80 Twitter discussions and use bookending techniques there to help me stay on task
- Read and comment on blogs each check-in, even if I only have time for one or two.
I like the freewriting aspects in this book; the questions feel like they are opening up my subconscious. And more than anything right now I want to sink into my writing, pick up my beloved pen and notebook and immerse myself in words. I need to do this, because a new story swept me away, and I've decided I'm going with it. But I have very little to go on--a couple of images and that's about it. Watt's book seems perfectly set up to help me dive deep and find this story.
I'm excited for this, nervous as always because I have not yet found that self-assurance I would like, but mostly feeling that flutter in my stomach that means something good and thrilling is coming. I'm going to go meet it now.