Posts Tagged ‘chain writing’

Last Night

Posted: June 1, 2014 in Writing
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Last night I failed. Not spectacularly, or in a deadly way, but I failed. I wanted to create a daily writing habit using the chain writing method, cross one day off at a time, keep the chain going. Sometimes life has other plans, and last night I didn’t get any writing done. The chain is broken.

For 2 months I was rolling along, 4 blog posts, 4 stories (flash fiction and short), 3 outlines for longer stories, and one very crappy rough draft screenplay. A good bit of production for me, considering some nights I only had 20 minutes to write. Now I have to start again, no reason to walk the streets punishing myself like the monks in Monty Python.

 

 

It’s time to grab a pen, laptop, or desktop and get back to writing.

 

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As you may know I am a part time writer, which means I have a day job that pays the rent, a family, and I also try to make time to write. Many nights I read, watch TV, play games, or scan the internet instead of writing. All of those activities are fine, but if you want to get something done you need to work on a consistent basis.

I was not doing that, hence I did not get much done. I have unfinished outlines, screenplays, short stories, and ideas strewn about the house. Without consistent work any project can take forever.

In early March Diane Beck, a twitter friend, tweeted a link to this blog post: How to Stop Procrastinating on Your Goals by Using the “Seinfeld Strategy”. She then challenged me to begin chain writing with her. I accepted and we began our journey writing and supporting each other. I’ve been able to write two short stories, and sections of my screenplay as well as working on some outlining for a new project in the two weeks I have been writing. I usually write for 30 minutes to an hour a day, some days less some more, but I write. It’s given me a sense of accomplishment to be able to cross off a day and continue the chain.

I’ve seen plenty of posts that say you need to write every day to improve. I’m not saying you need to write every day to improve, but you should if you want to complete your book, screenplay, story, or anything else you want to finish. Get some progress in every day, achieve your goals.

If you would like to join Diane and I in our chain writing adventure follow and contact us on twitter Diane Beck and jimmytwiz. We use the hashtag #chainwriting.

If you need a calendar run search for chain writing calendar. They are all over the web.

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