Feeling Good

I’ve written every single day for the past 36 days.  And with just a couple exceptions (several days when I tinkered  – over and over – with the final pages of my draft), each day I wrote 1000 words. 

This new disciplined approach to my writing process has been a pleasant surprise. 

It’s easier slipping into the flow.
The words come more easily.
The nasty inner critic’s voice is fading.
I’m not feeling nearly the angst and envy that dogged me this spring and early summer.
My writing muscles are stronger.  Leaner.

I really and truly feel like a writer.

It finally hit me that it’s now or never time.  I’m forty-five, and if I want a career as a writer I need to work at it.  Every day.  I can’t afford to take days off and allow my muscles to atrophy.  I have to keep writing so the stories are fresh in my mind, the characters living and breathing alongside me.  I have to be there for them.  Every day.

As of this morning I have 5000 words of my new project which, when completed, will be my fifth novel.  I like the sound of that: My fifth novel.

I’m a writer and I write novels. 
I’m working on my fifth.

Yes!

         

13 thoughts on “Feeling Good

  1. You need to write an article about this, Tracy. This extended metaphor’s just perfect.
    I’m flexing my writing muscles more regularly now, too. It’s amazing, isn’t it, how much better we feel when we’re maintaining a steady rhythm?

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    • I’m so glad you’re doing well on your project, also. This whole experience has been such an eye-opener which is almost embarrassing since it makes perfect sense. Ah well….better late than never to the epiphany!

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  2. You need to write an article about this, Tracy. This extended metaphor’s just perfect.

    I’m flexing my writing muscles more regularly now, too. It’s amazing, isn’t it, how much better we feel when we’re maintaining a steady rhythm?

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  3. I really need to write like that again. For years I did. I always wrote at eight o clock PM unitl nine–every single night. Things flowed so much easier then. The past few months (except for when I was revising) I haven’t been setting aside the time. I honestly believe for me, daily writing time is a reflection of how well I am caring for myself. I need to do better. I am happier when I do better. I write more books when I do better. Maybe I’ll make a plan and start doing better. 🙂
    Good for you!!!!

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    • “I honestly believe for me, daily writing time is a reflection of how well I am caring for myself.”
      This is so true.
      I hope you find that time for yourself again, Sarah.

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  4. “I honestly believe for me, daily writing time is a reflection of how well I am caring for myself.”

    This is so true.

    I hope you find that time for yourself again, Sarah.

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