Daily Writing Check-in: January 29, 2016

Words/Time:  512 words of free writing. A minor character in “Pursuit of Power” actually just disappears about a third of the way through the novel. I never planned for him to even be there; he just showed up while I was writing. And then there was nothing for him when things started picking up (because he wasn’t meant to be in the book), and so he just slipped away. I’m going to allow that, but I wanted to give him a reason to slip away, which I’ll include in the story now. That’s what I wrote about today.

My updates for the next week will look different and may be sporadic. My husband suggested tonight that I take a week off from writing. He thinks that I’m beginning to stress too much over how long it takes for me to get to my writing time each night. He’s not exactly wrong, but I told him that taking a break from my writing isn’t necessarily going to alleviate stress, since it’s something I enjoy so much. So I’m meeting him halfway. I won’t plan to work on my revision work every night for the next week, so I’m not upset when normal family issues threaten my writing time. But if I do have some time after kids are in bed, I will still do a little free writing.

He thinks of it as a week-long vacation from my writing “work” that might help me de-stress, but I don’t see how it will change anything for after the week is over. However, since it’s only a week, I’m agreeing to it. Who knows what’ll happen.

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2 thoughts on “Daily Writing Check-in: January 29, 2016

  1. Perhaps not putting the pressure on yourself will reveal that there was some stress there you weren’t aware of. As a writer myself, I can understand frustration when you don’t find the time to write. As I’ve been trying to get through this edit of my Divided Draft, I find myself constantly running out of time as family life provides distractions I can’t work around. I’ve been trying to stay calm, but there are days when I feel overwhelmed. I suppose acceptance that family life might interfere is the most important way to avoid the stress that comes when you do find yourself snatching for stolen moments to get something done.
    Sorry for the ramble-heavy response. I hope this week’s ‘vacation’ helps in some way. 🙂

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    • I do have days that are so busy, I don’t have time to write, and I accept that without too much trouble. The days that bother me are normal days that should provide a normal amount of writing time, but when evening comes, things work together to push the beginning of my free time later. I often feel like I’m fighting against the entire family to get the most out of the evening that I can. Maybe if nothing else, this week of not fighting will be a chance to rest and relax before I go back to that again. (And I don’t mean this in a combative way as much as a pushing against the flow kind of way.)

      On the plus side, I do have some characters I need to flesh out both in my head and on paper before I can really dive into revision anyway. And some plot threads that I need to work through mentally before I can put it to paper. So I can be musing on that this week, even if I don’t end up with much to show for it physically.

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