A good day of writing
I had a good day of writing today.
It’s noteworthy because such days have been rather a rarity of late. After the rush and intensity to finish my degree last year I allowed myself some space for a few weeks to recover. An unwelcome side effect has been losing momentum with my writing. Sure, I’ve been doing a little here and there, but it has been very spasmodic and not at all intentional or planned.
Time to get on with serious writing again. I’ve actually been thinking in this way for quite a few weeks, but a few health and life issues intervened. Today was different and I have much to show for it. I was under way with a short project early this morning and haven’t let up all day. It is very satisfying when the words flow freely. I managed over 4800 words today, the most I’ve ever done in a day if my memory is correct. (My memory is increasingly failing me, but that’s another story.)
The writing project I started – and finished – today was updating my personal journal. I like to write in this journal at least once a week – more often if I can – and I hadn’t done anything in it all year. I’d recommend writing a journal if you don’t already have one. I find that journal writing gives me excellent writing practice, it clarifies my thinking on many important issues – quite often not writing related – and it records major events in my life. My journal has an audience of one: me. Someday my children or grandchildren may get to read it. That’s not why I write it.
It’s funny how and what squeezes journal writing out of the routine. I’ve been trying to get back into writing mine also. Here’s something I wrote about it http://www.pennyreeve.com/page3.htm
I agree, Penny. I know some people always write in their journal every day. It’s a worthy goal but it’s a discipline I’ve never acquired, nor do I see the need for it. I am happy to do entries every few days. What annoys me, however, are those times when life intervenes big time preventing getting to the writing. Things like illness, necessary appointments and taking out the rubbish bin.