Returning to Discipline – ROW80 – Sunday Checkin – Week 5

The concept of discipline to write is becoming the theme of my time with ROW80.

Since last Sunday I have written 1700 words and this on two short mornings of 45minutes a piece.
I skipped Wednesday’s check-in due to the week exploding on me. I had software problems and bugs in my own stuff. Sleep deprivations and family sickness (including myself). These aren’t excuses, just an explanation. I really should have still put time into writing.

I have decided to just get up when I wake up and do some writing after breakfast. It was 45minutes on Wednesday before business called and I had to switch gears. So even if it is only 15-20 minutes WITH the cereal, I still want to do it then.

One thing I learned is that even though I felt I was stuck, the ideas are there. I just needed to start writing and I had scenes in my head from reading what I had written previously. I can see the holes in the story and need to just be able to plug them.

So it needs to come back to Discipline to put fingers to keyboard.

10 thoughts on “Returning to Discipline – ROW80 – Sunday Checkin – Week 5

  1. Oy. Sorry to hear that your week exploded. THAT is never fun. That sounds like a marvelous plan. Any amount of writing you can accomplish is better than no writing. Good luck this week!

    • AuthAndy says:

      Thanks. Things are better. I had computer problems which is really unfortunate for a programmer who needs the computer to make a living. They are smoothed out now though.

  2. 1700 words in 1.5 hours sounds pretty amazing to me! I know what you mean about having to be disciplined. I finally got to the point where I realized that if I didn’t schedule the writing time, it wouldn’t make it into my day. And since I want to be an author first and foremost, I scheduled writing time for my first two productive hours each morning as a symbol of my commitment to that goal. I can also relate to your discovery that you’re not really stuck even if you feel stuck. It never ceases to amaze me how the writing usually comes when I show up for it. Hope you have a good writing week!

    • AuthAndy says:

      Thanks. I do about 1000 an hour when I get into a decent scene. So anywhere between 500-750 in my morning cereal writes. It is nice to open the program for a few minutes and a quick sentence or spellcheck and then realize that 40 minutes and 700 words has passed.
      I am not really a morning person, but I have found once I “start my business day” I can’t really get back into the writing mindframe. I also like that it is then done for the day and I don’t need to worry about it if I don’t want to until the next day.

  3. I hope you’re all healthy now. Being sick and having an exploding week is truly harsh. I hope your plan for discipline goes great. I’m having a wee bit of trouble with discipline myself. Usually on Fridays when I write at night (most my writing is during the day). It is an unending battle, but it isn’t one we’re destined to lose. Have a great week and rest of round.

    • AuthAndy says:

      It wasn’t much thankfully, but enough to feel off and uncreative. I am better now, thanks. And I am getting better at the discipline. Will nto lose battle.

  4. 1700 words is still a pretty solid word count. I like your plan of writing first thing in the morning before the distractions and to-do lists of the day kick in. Good luck!

    • AuthAndy says:

      It has been working well. I haven’t counted it up for the week yet, but at this point I did at least 500 a day every morning including some editing.

  5. Discipline in the midst of life’s explosions . . . it sounds like a good theme to me.
    I hope you are feeling better and have a super successful week.

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