I can’t say exactly how long it’s been since I did any regular writing, but I’m going to guess between 3 and 4 years. This spring, I’ve been promising myself that I was going to make time to write this summer. Now I’m a full week into summer vacation and I don’t want to put it off anymore. I don’t know why this is taking up so much of my headspace these days, but I haven’t put effort into finding time to write, and I need to do so now. Most of the writing I want to do is not for public consumption (at least not yet), but I’m kicking off by writing a blog post for 2 reasons:
- I need to get into the habit of writing by simply sitting down and doing it. This gives me a chance to just sit down and type something out without needing to get into long-term planning or editing.
- I’m hoping that having something posted online will give me some accountability (even if it’s really just with myself) to make time to write.
I really enjoyed this post about the craft of writing from The Art of Simple this winter, and I like the idea of word count goals instead of time goals. I hope to get there eventually. Because I need to get myself back into the habit of writing at all, though, my first goal going forward this summer is to write something every day, even if it’s just a couple of sentences. For the purposes of this goal, my journal doesn’t count.
Because I do think having word count goals is more helpful than time goals, though, my other goal is going to be to finish a draft of a story I’ve been working at off and on for at least 12 years. I will need to do a little bit of writing and editing to figure out what the word count goal I think I need to hit to do that is, but I hope to post that by the end of the week. Other than that, I’m probably not going to post anything online, but again, I’m just writing this to get myself started.