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The month of May has become my month to get my writing on track.  Not only is the first week Book-in-a-Week.com, but the entire month of May is storyaday.org.  This is where you can setup your own rules, but you have to follow them, whether you write 31 stories for 31 days or a story a day for 5 days a week, or whatever, you need to follow your rules so you get into the habit of write daily, on a regular schedule.  This is the hard point for me.  I work a weird shift, try to work in enough sleep, and then I get scattered with everything else I need to do, so figuring out a writing schedule and sticking to it is a must for me.  Both events give you the ability to get a lot written, but the key is you aren’t writing a finished product.  You are getting the words on paper and then you will come back later and do clean up.  Some of the stories you write you will probably never look at again, but then others may clean up to become some your best work. 2016stadabadgesq500x500

What I find interesting is a short story can be as short as 25 words or less.  There is Twitter fiction where you have to fit the story in 144 characters.  You have drabbles that are about 100 words.  You could also do flash fiction which is normally between 500 to 1000 words.  The one thing you must follow is the story, no matter how short, must have a beginning, middle, and end.  The reader is not going to like you if you take them right to the cliff and then end the story.  They are going to wonder whether the main character jumped, turned back, sat down, or just disappeared, but for some people they may not read your stuff again because you just pissed them off.  I am one of those who hates open ended movies, as my mind goes in all sorts of directions trying to figure out how it should end, a week later I may still be trying to figure it out and just wish I had never seen the movie.

But getting on point, if you have a desire to become a writer or artist or whatever, you need to make a time every day to practice, even if it is 5 minutes here or there.  I carry both a sketchbook and writing notebook in my purse everywhere I go so if I find myself having to wait somewhere or such I can pull out what I need and get some work done.  It also helps if you can find something like the book in a week group or something related to what you are trying to do, so you can have accountability, focus, and encouragement to make the time and start turning your dream into actuality.  Till next time…

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ImageI have a reason for my silly drawing.  I said I was going to do a drawing a day no matter what.  Well, today I had an outpatient procedure where they burned the nerves in my low back and I have felt kind of puny the rest of the day, plus I have a heck of a headache.  I told myself that I said I was going to draw a face every day, so that is what  did.  They are pretty sad, but they are better than nothing, don’t you think?  Tomorrow I plan on doing a better job with my drawing…

Well, my NaNoWriMo is becoming more of a NoNoWriNot… I still have over 20 days to get in action, plus we will be on a cruise most of the next week, so I should be able to get back on track and get the first draft of my novel.  I am part of the Book in a Week website where you post your goals and then the first full week of the month you have seven days to make your goal.  There are people on the list who have done upwards of 300 pages in a week, which is the equivalent of 75,000 words, not sure how they do it, but it is possible.  I guess you would call it setting your priorities…. you figure out what you want to do, set a blueprint or road map of how to get there, and then follow it.  The majority of us I am sure say we have no time, but we get caught up in our TV shows, our friends, or whatever is our time killer and then we wonder where all our time went with nothing to show for it.  I know the TV is my biggest time waster.  If I start watching a show I have to know how it ends, or I will spend the rest of the day stewing over how the show could have ended… really kind of sad in a way.  What is your time killer?  What makes you turn from your goal and waste time instead?  I’m sure everyone has one, you just have to figure out what it is and figure out how to quit doing it.  They say it takes 30 days of doing something for it to become a habit, so guess it is time to start a habit of writing… Til next time…

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